Paraeducator @ Wanamaker Elementary
- Topeka, KS, USA
Auburn-Washburn Unified School District 437 is a district consisting of 128 square miles of suburban and rural areas in southwest Topeka and Shawnee county. Presently, we have 13 total attendance centers — one early childhood center, seven elementary schools, one middle school, one high school, and two alternative learning centers.
Our schools reflect the commitment to excellence within our community. Above all, we strive for every student to succeed. If academic achievement and student body growth are indicators of success, we are reaching our goal. We consistently rank among the leaders in a variety of test scores including the ACT and SAT, as well as in National Merit Scholarships.
TITLE: Special Education Paraeducator
REPORTS TO: Assigned Teacher and Building Principal
JOB GOAL: To assist the special education teacher in working with individual students or small groups to help them achieve the skill levels commensurate with their capabilities.
1. Work with teachers and students in carrying out instructional programs defined and prescribed in the Individual Education Programs.
2. Deliver specially designed instruction to reinforce new and/or current skills as trained, directed and supervised by supervising teacher.
3. Assume the responsibility to ask supervising teacher about specific daily duties and expectations.
4. Assist in preparation, care and use of instructional materials and equipment.
5. Assist with general classroom management.
6. Assist with clerical duties, such as preparing instructional materials, typing, copying etc.
7. Assist in the supervision of special education students in the lunchroom, hallways, restrooms, on the playground, field trips, assemblies, and as directed.
8. Work with the support service staff to implement goals on the Individual Education Plans (IEP).
9. Serve as the chief source of information and help to any substitute teacher assigned in the absence of the regular teacher.
10. Assume supervisory role if it is necessary for the teacher to be out of the room for a short period of time.
11. Maintain the same high level of ethical behavior and confidentiality of information about students as is expected of certified teachers.
12. Attend staffing and Individual Education Program meetings at the teacher’s request.
13. Identify, observe and record data necessary for obtaining goals and objectives.
14. Perform other duties as assigned by the supervising teacher.
15. Complete annual in-service requirements as specified by the Kansas State Department of Education
16. Regular attendance is required.
Wanamaker Elementary is a Title 1 School.
Title 1 Paraeducators must have one of the following:
1) Associate's Degree from an Accredited University
2) Minimum of 48 College Credit Hours from an Accredited University
3) Successful Completion of the Para Test
TERM OF EMPLOYMENT: 7 hours/day, 9 months/year (benefits-eligible)
EVALUATION: Performance of this job will be evaluated according to the Classified Handbook by the Special Education teacher(s) and principal(s) in conjunction with the Assistant Director of Student Services.
1. High school graduate or equivalent.
2. Demonstrated aptitude for the work to be performed.
1. Reaching: Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction.
2. Fingering: Picking, pinching, typing/keyboarding or otherwise working primarily with fingers rather than with the whole hand or arm.
3. Grasping: Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm.
4. Feeling: Perceiving attributes of objects such as size, shape, temperature or texture by touching with skin, particularly that of fingertips.
5. Talking: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word.
6. Hearing: Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication.
7. Repetitive motions: Substantial movements (motions) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.
8. Visual acuity involving color, depth perception, and field of vision at a level required for a driver’s license.
9. Minimum standard of accuracy and neatness of work is based on criteria required for teachers.
10. The Paraeducator may have an occasional occupational exposure to blood or other potentially infectious material, as well as exposure to common communicable diseases of children.
11. The paraeducator will have occasional exposure to weather conditions that include heat, cold, wind, rain, ice, snow, etc., but will not be substantially and regularly
exposed to adverse weather.
12. Standing / walking up to 4 to 6 hours in a 8-hour workday.
13. Sitting up to 4 to 6 hours in an 8-hour workday.
14. Squatting and forward bending to perform job duties that include transferring
students and working with students at their workstation for 34-66% of the work
15. Lifting boxes of supplies weighing up to 20 lb. from the floor to waist height and overhead at a frequency of occasional (6-33%) level for an 8-hour workday.
16. Transferring students from wheelchair to mat or from student to and from the
floor. Student could weigh up to 100 + pounds requiring a two person lift. This lift is performed at a frequency of occasional (6-33%) level for an 8-hour day.
17. Carry classroom supplies weighing up to 20 lb. for a distance up to 50 feet.
18. Ascending and descending 1 flight of stairs at a time at a frequency of occasional
(6-33%) level for an 8-hour day.
19. Pushing and pulling a wheelchair with a 150+lb. student in it for 100 feet
Requiring a force of 37# at a frequency of occasional (6-33%) level for an 8-hour
PHYSICAL DEMANDS OF THE JOB
The following information describes the physical activities that are performed by the Employment Associate during a normal workday. The percentages of the normal workday that the physical activities are conducted are identified as follows:
Rarely: 1-5% of an 8 hour work day.
Occasionally: 6-33% of an 8 hour work day.
Frequently: 34-66% of an 8 hour work day.
Continuously: 67-100% of an 8 hour work day.
· Lifts (Occasional): Lift 50# from the floor to waist height.
· Lifts (Occasional): Horizontal Lift 50# from waist to 18 inches from
· Lifts (Occasional): Lift overhead 20# from floor to crown height.
· Carry (Rare): Carry 20# for a distance of 50 feet.
· Pushing/Pull (Occasional): Push/pull 37# force for a distance of 100 feet.
· Repeated partial squat (Occasional): Must be able to squat to perform tasks.
· Forward bend position (Occasional): Must be in a forward bend position to be
able to perform work-day tasks.
Auburn-Washburn USD 437 provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Auburn-Washburn USD 437 complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.
Auburn-Washburn USD 437 expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Auburn-Washburn USD 437’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.