CLASS TITLE: Teacher Assistant
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CLASS: Under the general direction of the school principal, and under the immediate supervision of a teacher holding a valid state certificate directly engaged in teaching subject matter or conducting activities, assists in the instruction of pupils; and performs related duties as required.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Assists in the supervision of students during lunchroom and playground activities, provides security functions within the school such as monitoring corridors and reviewing student identification cards, assists students in understanding and completing classroom assignments, assists teachers in preparing bulletin boards and displaying students work in classrooms, operates photocopying and duplicating machines to reproduce educational materials, assists in maintaining the orderly arrangement of classrooms, greets and directs visitors to appropriate areas of the school, consults with teachers regarding concerns of individual students, operates audio-visual equipment such as video cassette recorders, movie projectors, film strip projectors, tape recorders, and phonographs; provides tutoring services to students under the supervision of the classroom teacher; assists in collecting and grading students’ homework assignments and examination materials under the supervision of the classroom teacher; assists in supervising the loading and unloading of students on school busses; assists in the receipt, processing, and issuance of new books under the supervision of the classroom teacher; collects daily classroom absentee reports and contacts parents and guardians to verify causes of student absences; may assist elementary school teachers with wraps and toilet recesses as necessary; may assist in the supervision of the school procedure to sell public transportation passes to students.
Training and Experience. Completion of an Associate’s degree from a college or university accredited by the North Central Association, or the successful completion of at least sixty (60) semester hours of college credit at a college or university accredited by the North Central Association, or successful completion of a Teacher Aide training program approved by the State of Illinois.
Knowledge, Abilities, and Skill. Good knowledge of proper English grammar and spelling, basic knowledge of mathematics, knowledge of Chicago Public Schools rules and regulations.
Ability to work with and for school-aged children, ability to follow written and oral instructions, ability to operate basic office equipment, ability to communicate effectively with the public.
Good oral and written communication skills, good reading skills, skill in operating audio-visual equipment and personal computers is highly desirable.
Physical Requirements. Light Work: Exerting up to twenty (20) pounds of force occasionally, or up to ten (10) pounds of force frequently, or a negligible amount of force frequently to move objects. Even though weight of force moved may be only a negligible amount, a position should be rated as Light Work (1) when it requires walking or standing to a significant degree; or (2) when it requires sitting most of the time but entails pushing or pulling of arm controls.