Teacher Assistant - K-1
Job Type


Position Description: 

The Teacher Assistant will assist the teacher in all areas of classroom activities to create an environment which fosters independence, confidence, creativity and respect. These activities include, but not limited to: Preparing essential materials, tracking classroom supplies, monitoring and correcting children’s language, lesson planning, teaching, observing and documenting academic, language, and behavioral achievements, and assisting with report writing. This is an at-will, non-exempt position for 196 days each fiscal year and the working hours are Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

Essential Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Helping teacher with lesson preparation and setting up equipment 
  • Prepare materials needed for implementation of lessons (manipulatives, worksheets, art supplies, etc.) 
  • Documenting children’s progress academically and developmentally 
  • Encourage children in appropriate conversation during snack, lunch and recess 
  • Serve as an active part of the team that works with the individual child: classroom teacher, speech-language pathologist, and other therapists as appropriate (physical, occupational, oral motor) 
  • Playground supervision 
  • Light cleaning and housekeeping tasks to maintain a neat and organized classroom 
  • Assist with discipline of children as needed 

Other Duties: 

  • Attend faculty meetings and professional development opportunities 
  • Support Clarke’s mission, special events and/or development initiatives 
  • Assist in writing documents for periodic re-accreditation, as needed 
  • Compile classroom supply order each fall 

Physical demands: 

  • The ability to lift 25 pounds 
  • The ability to move quickly in case of an emergency 


 Education, licenses, certifications, skills and experience 

  • High school graduate 
  • Experience working with children ages 2-7 required
  • Training in child development through college courses or childcare certification courses 
  • Knowledge or training in teaching children who are deaf or hand of hearing to listen and talk 
  • CPR/First Aid certification 
  • Microsoft Office Suite knowledge 
  • Great organization and planning skills 
  • Collaboration and teamwork abilities 
  • Compassionate, positive and encouraging attitude 


*Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


**Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. 

*** Title IX Notice of Nondiscrimination: Clarke Schools does not discriminate on the basis of sex in admission, administration of its educational programs or activities or employment. Clarke Schools is required by Title IX and its implementing regulations at 34 C.F.R. Part 106 not to discriminate on the basis of sex in admission, administration of its educational programs or activities or employment. The Senior Manager, HR, Andrea Harkins, BS SHRM-CP, 45 Round Hill Road, Northampton, MA 01060, telephone number 413-582-1155, has been designated as the employee responsible for coordinating Clarke Schools efforts to comply with and carry out its responsibilities under Title IX. Inquiries concerning the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations at 34 C.F.R. Part 106 to Clarke Schools may be referred to Andrea Harkins or to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, at 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202-1100, telephone number 800-421-3481.