Assistant Teacher

Assistant teachers are defined as adults who work under the direct supervision of a teacher. Assistant Teachers may work independently in a teacher’s absence, but for the vast majority of the time, the assistant teacher works directly with the teacher in the same space with the same group of children. The teacher and assistant work as a team and should strive to communicate routinely and openly. The major function of the Assistant Teacher is to provide support and assistance to the teacher in the classroom during instruction and during transitional times. Under the direction of the lead teacher, the assistant will help provide a safe, nurturing, positive environment and help maintain classroom management. Discord between teacher and assistant is unprofessional and must be avoided or resolved.

Curriculum and Instruction
  • Set up and prepare for specific projects which might include labeling papers, cutting, gathering supplies, setting out toys and manipulatives, etc.
  • Develop rapport and interact spontaneously with every child by engaging in meaningful conversations and listening patiently to children during the day, at meal/snack times, and on the playground
Relationships between Teachers and Children
  • Foster children’s emotional well-being through positive social conversations, eye contact, tone of voice, and smiles
  • Provide consistent and predictable care
  • Never use physical punishment, verbal abuse, threats, or derogatory remarks, nor withholding food as a form of discipline
  • Anticipate and take steps to prevent potential behavior problems
  • Manage behavior in a reasonable, appropriate manner that is understandable to the child
  • Never humiliate, shame, abuse, or frighten a child
  • Focus on positive behavior, not unacceptable behavior
  • Help children develop a feeling of self-worth
Families
  • Facilitate smooth transition for children from home to school
  • Engage with families to learn about children’s interests and needs
  • Incorporate each family’s culture and tradition respectfully
Health and Safety
  • SAFETY is a prime requisite at all times-attending to this goal requires vigilant, direct visual/verbal supervision
  • Complete pediatric first aid and CPR certification training
  • Keep hot liquids and foods out of children’s reach. Personal hot drinks must have lids
  • Follow recommended practices regarding hand washing, as posted in classroom
  • Follow recommended practices regarding frequency of cleaning and sanitizing all surfaces
  • Become familiar with emergency exit procedures as well as security procedures
  • Check to see that all hazardous supplies are locked in a cabinet; Keep out of reach of children
Classroom and Learning Environment
  • Arrive at school 30 minutes before beginning of shift and depart 30 minutes after ending of shift, when room is restored to order
  • Position oneself for supervision purposes so as to see and hear as many children as possible at all times
  • Ensure that children are under direct and competent supervision at all times.
  • Help to maintain a consistent pattern of classroom routines which have been set forth by the teacher relating to discipline, care of equipment and materials, transition times, clean-up, etc.
  • Assist the teacher in daily classroom activities such as directed lessons, free play, circle time, snack, playground, music, lunch
  • Attend staff meetings as required
Professional Commitment
  • Attend scheduled meetings and events as required
  • Keep personal items such as purses, tote bags, coast, cell phones inaccessible to children at all times
  • Submit personal health forms, as well as other requested paperwork
  • Maintain a level of professionalism by keeping any and all information about the school, staff, and children strictly confidential. Confidential information should not be shared with any parent, outsider, or staff member, other than the director. Information should never be shared at social gathering, public place or through electronic media.

A minimum of a BA in Early Childhood or a related field, and 3 years experience is preferred for this position. Ability to sit on the floor, bend and lift up to 30 lbs. Flexibility a must. Salary and benefits are commensurate with experience and education. Please send resume, cover letter and 3 references to Miriam Pedler, EC Director at miriamp@jccrockland.org.