Jan 13, 2024

Educational Assistant-Southbridge Academy

  • TrulyHired
  • Southbridge, MA, USA
Full-time Education

Job Description

Background on Southbridge Public Schools:

Southbridge Public Schools serve approximately 2,200 students in six schools. The district is presently undergoing extensive turnaround at all levels, with the assistance of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. This creates unique opportunities for teachers and students. One example is a recently announced, long-term partnership with the University of Connecticut to develop Southbridge Schools to be a national demonstration site for successful implementation of PBIS strategies. Additionally, our district is the recipient of a number of significant grants that are allowing us to creatively redesign Secondary School, curriculum enhancements, improved culture and climate and afterschool opportunities for students. If you feel strongly about improving the educational experience for students and have a commitment to social justice, Southbridge Public Schools welcomes you.

More information about the district's turnaround efforts can be found here.

Southbridge Academy:

Southbridge Academy is a therapeutic school, in the Southbridge Public School system, serving students in grades 6-12 who have significant social/emotional and educational challenges. Our mission is to provide positive and meaningful pathways towards academic engagement with a goal of maintaining a safe, respectful and caring learning community. Utilizing a relationship-based approach, we connect with members of each students' team including family members and the community. This allows us to gain insight into barriers that limit student success. We work together to develop interventions and break through these barriers.

Here's what Southbridge Academy staff say about working here:

- "Working at SA requires a lot of patience and willingness to meet students where they're at. It can also be tough, but it's so worth it to be able to see students grow and move toward their goals."

- "I couldn't recommend it enough! It is a great, supportive environment that brings something different and exciting every day without feeling chaotic."

- "The team environment is wonderful. I see so much positivity and daily encouragement among staff and students. It is gratifying to see the relationships that have been formed between students and staff. I especially like how students are greeted by name as they arrive to school. Not only does this give the students a positive note to start the day, but staff members get to observe how their day might have already started. Many times, brief conversations may occur to follow up on later in the day. It is truly a caring atmosphere; the entire building feels like a family."

- "You'll love the kids and work atmosphere."

- "It's challenging but fun, a really tight-knit community, and a comfortable place to work. Great communication and great feedback as a staff member!"

- "We have a very close community here. Everyone has everyone's back and we make sure the students are always the priority. If you want to be at a school where you feel you can make a difference in kids' lives, SA is the place to do that."

Essential Functions:
  • Assist the classroom teacher in helping physically, mentally and/or educationally disadvantage students learn skills that will broaden their learning experiences and contribute to their development in order to set high expectations and to assist in creating a classroom environment that is conducive to learning for all students
  • Ensure the safety of students
  • Maintain the strictest confidence concerning personnel, students and operational concerns of the district
  • Promote good public relations by personal appearance, attitude and conversation
  • Report all cases of suspected child abuse to appropriate school personnel and proper government authority
  • Assist students with physical and/or educational needs both individually and in small groups
  • Collaborate with classroom teacher about students' needs and requirements including IEP goals
  • Assist students with classwork
  • Assist with recess, supervision, restroom breaks, emergency drills, assemblies, field trips, etc.
  • Provide assistance to classroom teacher
  • Provide escort and mobility assistance to student(s) when necessary
  • Provide toileting and feeding assistance to students as necessary
  • Act as expert classroom support to substitute in absence of teacher
  • Interact in a positive manner with staff, students and parents
  • Attend meetings and in-services as required

Other Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Serve as a role model for students and staff
  • Prepare materials for class projects
  • Respond to questions and requests in an appropriate and timely manner
  • Maintain a level of approachability by administration and staff
  • Perform other duties as assigned by classroom teacher and/or Principal

Qualifications/Certificates:
  • High School Diploma
  • Associate's degree preferred

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Ability to communicate ideas and directives clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Effective, active listening skills
  • Ability to work effectively with others
  • Organizational and problem solving skills

Additional Working Conditions:
  • Interaction among children
  • Repetitive hand motion, e.g., computer keyboard, typing, calculator, writing
  • Regular requirement to sit, stand, walk, read, hear, see, speak, reach, stretch with hands and arms, crouch, kneel, climb and stoop
  • Occasional requirement to lift, carry, push and/or pulling various supplies and/or equipment up to a maximum of 20 pounds
  • Requirement to assist in the restraint, movement or other emergency weight bearing assistance of students

Equal Opportunity Employer

Southbridge Public Schools is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, sex, gender identity, disability, religion, age, or sexual orientation.

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