Teacher Assistant - Significant Disabilities

Collegiate Academies - New Orleans, LA5.0

30+ days agoFull-time
Teacher’s Assistant/Paraprofessional - Significant Disabilities

Supporting scholars with moderate to severe cognitive disabilities. We are looking for a paraprofessional to work with children who have moderate to severe cognitive disabilities and autism. A paraprofessional in this role supports rigorous instruction in a largely self-contained setting in the areas of transition, math, and literacy. Scholars who participate in this program generally receive their core instruction in this setting and are meaningfully included in the other parts of the day. Some examples include: lunch, advisory, grade-level morning meetings, weekly celebrations, etc. Our ultimate goal: to prepare for scholars for transition to rigorous post-secondary outcomes. Some weekly programs include: working in our garden, on campus internships, and field trips to develop new skills.

Responsibilities:
Support each scholar during class time and outside of class time to reach his or her academic, social, and behavioral goals.
Provide individualized instruction and small group instruction as needed throughout the day.
Hold high expectations for each student; ensure each scholar is challenged to reach ambitious and attainable goals.
Track progress for scholars on skills outlined in their IEPs and behavior plans. Work with the Lead Teacher to ensure all data is accurately entered and in a timely fashion.
Support scholars with toileting as needed; this could include helping scholars to button their pants, changing diapers, ensuring they make it to and from the bathroom safely and with washed hands.
Foster positive rapport and relationships with students.
Create an enthusiastic and optimistic learning environment.
Communicate frequently with parents to support scholar success.
Demonstrate flexibility and creatively embrace the ambiguities of building an organization focused on constant improvement.
Serve on school committees as needed.
Perform clerical duties, as required, relating to textbooks, instructional supplies, student reports and records, attendance reports, etc.

Qualifications:
Desire to work at a college-prep high school rebuilding urban education in the city of New Orleans.
Desire to work with scholars who have the greatest need and the most growth potential.
Desire to grow as a teacher and person.
Positive attitude and strong work ethic.
Deep belief that all students, regardless of their backgrounds and educational pasts, have the potential to succeed in college and beyond, and that it is the responsibility of schools to help students realize that potential.

To Apply:
Please submit a resume and cover letter. In your cover letter, please explain how you heard about Collegiate Academies and your interest and qualifications for the position. You will also be asked to answer the following three questions. You may want to plan your answers in advance:

Why do you want to work at Collegiate Academies?
What is your greatest strength as a professional? Where do you need to grow the most?
What do you find gives you the most energy on a daily basis in your current role? What do you find drains the most energy?