Teacher Assistant

Posted on: May 24, 2022

The Elgin Math and Science Academy Charter School (EMSA, opened in August of 2018 to all students residing in the U-46 attendance area.

EMSA is seeking a compelling, committed, and innovative Teacher Assistant that will help to establish a positive learning environment that promotes Wow & Wonder in the classroom while modeling and encouraging the habits of scholarship for students self-discipline. An EMSA Teacher Assistant will assist the classroom teacher in providing a well-organized, efficient, and high functioning class environment which enhances the instruction program and overall well-being of the school.

The successful candidate in this role will use EL Education’s Core Practices as the classroom’s foundation to ensure remarkable academic achievement, character development, and community involvement for all students. At EMSA, students and teachers will reach their highest potential through active exploratory learning and social responsibility in which:

Individuals of all backgrounds and abilities are welcome
Children’s natural curiosity is nurtured
Students become leaders of their own learning
Teachers and students hold high standards
Critical thinking is central to math and science
Students develop skills to be responsible individuals
An EMSA Teacher Assistant will:

Operate with the understanding: Diversity is a fact, Inclusion is a behavior, Equity is the outcome
Work collaboratively with all members of the learning community to build relational trust and foster a growth mindset for all through modeling by taking professional risks, owning mistakes, and being metacognitive about their own growth and revision
Model EMSA’s habits of scholarship in word and action and effectively build a positive classroom culture that promotes self-discipline
Help to create a collaborative student-centered classroom that thrives on differentiated instruction to increase student growth and enhance school culture
Challenge, engage inspire and empower all students with the Wow & Wonder of EL Education
Engage in professional learning and help to implement a progressive, bold educational approach in fostering EL Education’s Core Practices to inspire student success
Practice reflective and synthesizing professional practices to allow for a deeper understanding to manifest for implementation with the highest levels of fidelity
Help to implement assessment and progress monitoring techniques based on evidence that allow instructional decisions to be made for ultimate student success
Cultivate strong partnerships with families; all words and actions demonstrate a commitment to inclusion, belief in all students’ capacity to succeed and a desire to create an amicably beneficial situation for everyone
Assist in actively engaging families and the community by showcasing expeditionary outcomes and critique of authentic student work
An Ideal candidate is someone who:

Follows all directives of the classroom teacher
Administers and records achievement and test scores for individual students
Works with individual students or in small group settings to reinforce lesson materials and skills
Collaborates with the teacher to plan and design specific strategies to reinforce the lesson materials and skills recognizing the individual student’s needs, interests, and abilities
Operates and maintains the classroom equipment used for instructional purposes
Provides guidance for independent study, enrichment, and re-teaching opportunities for students as determined by the teacher
Assist with large group activities including expeditions
Participates in all forms of oral communication relative to reading and speech
Supervise testing and independent practice activities
Provides all relevant classroom teaching information to the substitute teacher
Maintains control and utilizes behavior management practices that are consistent with those of the classroom teacher and school in absence of the teacher
Supervises students during breakfast, lunch, dismissal, arrival, recess, field trips, expeditions and other related activities as needed
Exhibits confidentiality in relation to students, parents, and staff
Develops positive working relationships with administration, staff, students, and parents
Will be knowledgeable and vigilant in the adherence of the School Safety Plan


High School Diploma and Paraprofessional Certification
Communication and interpersonal skills to engage in a highly collaborative school environment
Ability to develop relational trust with students, families and staff

Strong technology skills
Fluent in Spanish and English
Experience in working with English Learners
Experience in working with low-income populations
Hourly Rate: $14.42/hour.

Anti-Discrimination Policy and Commitment to Diversity

EMSA seeks individuals of all backgrounds to apply for this position. We are committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization and want to engage all those who can contribute to this effort. EMSA provides equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees and prohibits discrimination with respect to the hiring or promotion of individuals, conditions of employment, disciplinary and discharge practices, or any other aspect of employment on the basis of gender, race, color, ethnicity, disability, or any other factor which cannot lawfully be used as a basis for an employment decision.