Teacher Assistant
Job Type

The early childhood assistant teacher will primarily aid the team in creating a learning environment which fosters the mission of Clarke for our students who are learning listening and spoken language as a primary mode of communication. The Teaching Assistant must demonstrate flexibility and reciprocal duties, as well as, decision-making on a team. They will also need to maintain a sense of humor, cooperation, patience and respect while attending to the needs of our students, as well as, additional responsibilities that characterize an early childhood setting. The individual who holds this position must maintain appropriate confidentiality of student and family information and records. This position is Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 or 3:30 p.m. (30 to 35 hours per week with unpaid meal break.)

Essential Duties/Responsibilities: (Primary Classroom Responsibilities)

  • To aid the team in creating a learning environment which fosters safety, independence, confidence, creativity, respect for materials and the people in the environment, and is conducive to the enjoyment in learning
  • To facilitate children’s communication and interaction with materials, adults and other children in the classroom and to incorporate listening and spoken language strategies through coaching of the Lead Teacher of the Deaf and supervision with the Director.
  • To prepare and maintain order of materials needed to support the classroom curriculum, transitions, and other aspects of the daily program (e.g. set up and put away curriculum materials, recharging sensory devices or batteries, prepare lunch and snack as assigned, maintain napping mats, clean or wipe surfaces and materials.
  • To accompany and assist children through transitions and routines including needs for hygiene, self-care, and prepare materials needed for such routines.
  • To provide a comfortable, supportive environment for parents in which they are respected, and encouraged to observe or participate with their children and to support them in their efforts to parent their child with hearing loss.

Other Duties:

  • Record observations of children’s behavior in the classroom on record-keeping sheets
  • Record informal notes about a child’s activity during the morning which may be shared with or written to parents.
  • Document daily attendance
  • Attend weekly staff meetings for planning of the classroom activities and support and modifications needed for children.
  • Complete annual evaluation with Director of early Childhood

Physical demands:

  • Strength: (O)
  • Lifting/assist, 25-50 pound-child occasionally may be necessary.
  • Lifting and/or carrying of objects weighing up to 15 pounds. (F)
  • Standing: (F)
  • Sitting: (O)
  • Walking: (F)
  • Lifting: (F)
  • Reaching; (F) – Extending the hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction
  • Handling; (F) – Seizing, holding, grasping, turning or otherwise work with hand(s)
  • Fingering; (F) – Picking, pinching, or otherwise working with fingers primarily
  • Talking: (F) Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word
  • Hearing: (C) Perceiving the nature of sounds by the air
  • Near Acuity: (C) Clarity of vision at 20 inches or less
  • Far Acuity: (C) Clarity of vision at 20 feet or more
  • Color Vision: (F) Ability to identify and distinguish colors
  • Field of Vision: (C) Observing an area that can be seen up and or right and left when eyes are fixed on given point.

Education, licenses, certifications, skills and experience:

  • Experience with young children in educational settings
  • Experience with young children with special needs preferred
  • Minimum of Associate degree in Early Childhood, Bachelor degree preferred
  • Accreditation from the EEC preferred
  • First Aid/CPR (can be obtained after hiring)

*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 Chief Human Resource Officer, Karen Katsanos, MA, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, 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 Karen Katsanos 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.