Teacher Assistant-Summer Session
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Summer session runs 6 weeks July 10th – August 18th with a mandatory paid orientation June 27th – 29th.
High School diploma. SED Certification for Teacher Assistant and 6 semester hours of appropriate collegiate study. Able to stand, sit, kneel, stoop, lift, assist in the physical care and therapeutic handling of individuals. Valid New York State driver’s license, certification in med administration, SCIP and first aid as required by program needs.
Provides assistance to the classroom teacher to ensure that individuals served have opportunities to make choices, develop and achieve, participate in the community, maintain good health and secure personal future, be treated with respect and dignity and experience relationships with family members, friends and neighbors as specified in the Agency’s Mission Statement.
Critical and crucial to the position’s essential function is the safety of the people Aspire serves. Due to the nature of the individuals we serve, the essential functions require all the duties and responsibilities listed below to be performed in all environments and using all appropriate equipment.
Essential Physical Functions are the ability to:
- Bend, stoop, squat, kneel, sit, stand and lift.
- Provide two-way communications with people.
- Lift and transfer the individual both manually and mechanically. Manual lifting requires the ability to lift individuals as required in their prescribed individual program plans—bearing the weight of that individual. Mechanical lifting will be performed using proper mechanical lifting standards and based on the safety of the individual.
- Transfer, move, reposition, shift and place people in pieces of equipment necessary for their physical circumstance ensuring their safety, comfort and their natural living conditions.
- Physical agility/ability to react to a life-threatening emergency or to intervene in a crisis situation including using your body as an intervention (SCIP or other techniques), as prescribed, to assure safety of the individuals. Physical agility/ability includes but is not limited bending, stooping, squatting, kneeling, sitting, standing and lifting.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Aids the teacher/therapists in planning and preparing for the child’s independence, adjustment to new situations and preparation for new areas of learning.
- Maintains a healthy and safe classroom environment under the direction of the teacher.
- Aids in maintaining discipline.
- Aids in data collection and assessment.
- Helps maintain accurate and up to date records of attendance and progress.
- Assists with parent communication under the direction of the teacher.
- Supervises classroom when teacher is not available.
- Plans and implements classroom activities and IEP objectives in conjunction with the teacher.
- Assists in the carryover of therapy objectives.
- Aids in planning and preparing materials for each day’s activities.
- Aids the child in all activities by gradually allowing him/her to do for himself/herself.
- Receives the child from the bus or as he/she enters the school each day. The teacher assistant assists the teacher in helping each child get to the bus as they leave the education program at the end of the day.
- Shares the responsibility for toileting.
- Assumes the role of teacher when an appropriately certified teacher is not available.
- Attends all team meetings, parent conferences, staff in-service and special meetings when scheduled.
- Completes in an appropriate manner, all assignments made by the supervisor.
- Adheres to Agency’s policies, procedures, rules and regulations.
Performs other duties as assigned.