Title: Early Childhood Teaching Assistant Classification: Exempt
Department: Primary School Status: Full-Time, Ten Month
School Day: 7:30 am – 3:30 pm Reports to: Preschool Director
Sacred Heart Schools is seeking an Early Childhood Teaching Assistant for the Primary School whose chief responsibility will be to work within the scope of the Goals and Criteria of Sacred Heart education to support the educational mission of Sacred Heart Schools. The Early Childhood Teaching Assistant is a member of the Primary School Division and is responsible for assisting the Lead Teacher in the early childhood classroom.
The Early Childhood Teaching Assistant will assist the Lead Teacher in one or more classrooms directly working with preschool age students. The ideal candidate will assist and be responsible for direction and overall supervision of a group of preschool children. Performs activities that ensure the safety, involvement, and creativity of each individual in the group. Works cooperatively with the lead teacher to discuss and aide in the implementation of daily plans in accordance with the current curriculum, incorporating D.A.P. (Developmentally Appropriate Practice) and the ISELS (Illinois State Early Learning Standards.)
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Share responsibility in the preparation of daily plans and the preparation of teaching materials
Acquire knowledge of the current curriculum and implement the curriculum practices in the classroom
Conduct daily small-group activities for an assigned group of children, sharing responsibility for large-group activities and using appropriate adult/child interactions strategies with all children
Assume responsibility for a classroom at any given time
Collects required anecdotes and information for required ongoing assessments
Participate in parent-teacher conferences
Provide coverage for breaks for other faculty members
Supervise daily lunch, outdoor classroom activities, rest time and co-curricular classes
Promote individualized attention for children as needed
Work with teaching teams in collaboration as needed
Assist with toilet needs, meal service, record keeping and housekeeping
Possesses personal attributes needed to develop trusting relationships with children and adults. Such attributes include: Interactions expressive of genuine warmth and concern for children as well as an understanding of their developmental needs
Respect for children’s ideas, feelings, abilities and differences
Insights into and tolerance for the range of age appropriate behavior
Ability to assume needed duties and responsibilities without supervision
Ability to use discretion in communications with parents in the teacher's absence
Ability to move and react quickly and to handle emergencies effectively
Ability to accept changes in schedules, environment, etc.
Bachelor’s Degree required
Experience with early childhood educators preferred
Fluency in another language is a plus, but not required
Salary is competitive.
Internal Candidates - Feb. 4th through Feb. 11 at 3:00 p.m.
Sacred Heart Schools is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability or handicap, veteran status, marital status or any other classification protected by law.