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Pre-K Teacher Assistant

Nature of Work

Under general supervision, performs a variety of technical and clerical tasks in assisting a teacher. Employee may perform a wide range of tasks in order to support the efforts of the teacher, meet the needs of all students, and ensure the provision of quality instruction for all students. Employee provides one-on-one assistance with academics and behavioral problems and may lead small group activities. Employee assists lead teacher with general housekeeping and clerical duties.

Duties and Responsibilities

Assists teacher with executing instruction and evaluating its effectiveness. Participates in daily and long-range lesson and activity planning.
Constantly monitors the safety and well-being of students; monitors student attitudes and encourages self-esteem; assists students with becoming increasingly independent.
Monitors student behavior and helps maintain discipline in the classroom; records time-out and in-class suspension; assists with crisis prevention; restrains students as needed.
Conducts learning exercises with small groups of children.
Guides children in working and playing harmoniously with other children.
Alerts the teacher to special needs of individual children.
Provides escort and assistance to children as necessary.
Helps maintain individual records for each child.
Fosters good eating habits and table manners in children.
Assists teacher in maintaining neat work and study areas.
Assists with the supervision of children during regular play periods.
Collects and displays suitable material for educational displays.
Remains knowledgeable of current Pre-K issues by attending staff development and reading current literature/publications.
Assists with screening process of students for possible Pre-K participation/enrollment.
Accompanies and assists teacher on home visits.
Performs other related work as required.
Teacher assistants with an effective date of hire 9/1/18 and beyond will be required to substitute bus drive as needed.

Minimum Training and Experience

Applicants must meet one of the following criteria to be eligible for employment.
  1. Holds an associate's degree in Early Childhood;
  2. Holds a CDA credential;
  3. Holds a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood or related field (family studies, B-K degree, Psychology, Sociology, or Elementary Education); or
  4. If you do not hold any of the above, you may be working toward an associate's degree in Early Childhood or a related field with the completion of 6 semester hours annually
Teacher assistants with an effective date of hire 9/1/18 and beyond must hold a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) with a Passenger (P) and School Bus (S) endorsement or be willing and eligible to obtain a CDL driver's license with P/S endorsements at the next training opportunity. If a candidate does not pursue a CDL driver's license with P/S endorsements at the next training opportunity or is ineligible to obtain a CDL driver's license with P/S endorsements for any reason, this could result in recommendation for dismissal.

Essential Job Functions

Must be able to use a variety of equipment and classroom tools such as computers, copiers, typewriters, calculators, pencils, scissors, equipment for children with special needs, etc. Must be able to exert a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects.
Requires the ability to apply rational systems to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists; to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagrammatic, or schedule form.
Requires the ability to record and deliver information, to explain procedures, to follow oral and written instructions.
Requires the ability to deal with people beyond giving and receiving instructions.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

General knowledge of activities performed by teacher.
General knowledge of daily routines of the classroom.
Must have a desire to nurture and work with young children.
Must have an understanding of the confidential nature of working in an educational setting.
General knowledge of student handbook
General knowledge of procedures to follow in the event of an emergency.
General knowledge of the principles of organization and administration.
Ability to constantly monitor the safety and well-being of students, particularly when student is participating in an inclusive activity.
Ability to motivate students.
Ability to maintain a clean and orderly environment.
Ability to perform general clerical duties.
Ability to maintain order and discipline in a classroom.
Ability to operate common office machines.
Ability to maintain basic files and records.
Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships as necessitated by work assignments.
Reports to:  Pre-K Teacher, Principal, Pre-K Director
FSLA Status:  Non-Exempt
Disclaimer:  The preceding job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees in this job.
Updated:  May 26, 2023