Preschool Teacher Assistant, School for Young Children - University of Saint Joseph
University of Saint Joseph
Location: West Hartford, Connecticut
Internal Number: 161871
Location: West Hartford, CT Category: School for Young Children Posted On: Tue May 2 2023 Job Description:
This role assists the teacher in the classroom with all the aspects of the routines.
Collaborates with the teacher to design and implement a developmentally appropriate curriculum as guided by SYC's curriculum document, the CT ELDS, and NAEYC's accreditation standards. This includes helping to set up the classroom and maintaining necessary educational materials to attract and keep children's interests.
Supports the teacher in modifying curriculum and lesson plans as needed to support the learning environment and to guide short & long term learning goals for children.
Shares assessment observations and CT DOTS documentation with the teacher. Assists in gathering assessment documentation such as narratives, work samples, and photos. Supports the teacher during the family-teacher conferences.
Supports SYC in maintaining NAEYC accreditation status by participating in various activities during re-accreditation cycles. Throughout each year, supports the teacher in maintaining the classroom portfolio. The portfolio is reviewed at least once per month to assess sections in need of updating.
Welcomes families into the program on a daily basis. Supports the teacher in communicating with families about children's activities and progress. Supports a welcoming environment for families by attending school family events such as picnics and fundraiser.
Supports college student's professional development through modeling and supportive interactions.
Acts as a teacher in the teacher's absence.
Continues to grow professionally by attending staff meetings, workshops, courses, and other sources of professional development (reading, networking etc.)
Follows school policies and procedures as outlined in the USJ and SYC handbooks. Submits paperwork on time such as time sheets, surveys and other documents as needed. Monitors all school communications through the USJ email account and alert systems.
Handles customer needs quickly, efficiently, enthusiastically, and courteously.
Understands the basis of the institution is customer service.
Incumbent defers decisions to the Teacher and/or Director or Assistant Director.
Education & Experience
Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education or related field
2-3 years working in an early childhood education program
Experience in a model laboratory school preferred
Demonstrated ability to work in an active school environment
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with fellow teachers
Positive organizational, interpersonal, and customer service skills
Ability to work in a fast paced, customer service environment with patience, flexibility and attention to detail
Demonstrated computer literacy skills
Demonstrated ability to recognize and appropriately handle matters of a confidential nature
Professional, courteous demeanor and appearance; ability to work professionally with students, faculty, staff and administration and represent the College professionally to the public
Demonstrated ability to support a community of diverse perspectives and cultures in an inclusive environment.
Commitment to the mission of the University of Saint Joseph.
Physical ability to perform essential functions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation.
Pay Rates: The anticipated starting rates for this position are as follows based on the highest degree achieved:
The University of Saint Joseph believes it must play an active role in creating a community of employees that is diverse, inclusive and equitable. Our work benefits greatly from the contributions of people of color, people from different socioeconomic backgrounds, women, LGBTQ+ people, and individuals with disabilities. Hence, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or who are members of other marginalized communities.
The University of Saint Joseph, founded by the Sisters of Mercy in the Catholic tradition, provides a rigorous liberal arts and professional education for a diverse student population in an inclusive environment that encourages strong ethical values, personal integrity, and a sense of responsibility to the needs of society.At University of Saint Joseph, our mission statement profoundly resonates with our faculty and staff and serves as the foundation upon which our employment policy is built.We seek to attract, develop and retain individuals who are committed to our mission. We are committed to providing an environment where diverse talents, perspectives, experiences and contributions are recognized, and one that promotes the "growth of the whole person" with resources that enable employees to meet professional and personal life needs.