Paraeducator (Middle School)

Willow Public School Published: March 2, 2017
Job Type


Para Educator

Willow teachers and paraeducators will not just teach content. They will forge deep relationships with families; they will use restorative practices; they will seek community resources to supplement our program; they will integrate technology into daily lessons; they will work with their colleagues to build engaging projects; they will advise students; they will focus on the long-term outcomes for students; they will use data to inform their instruction; they will share their practice; and they will lead clubs and activities within the school day.

Job Description

We are looking for paraeducators for 6th and 7th grade who love being in the classroom, who know how to engage students in the joy and adventure of learning, and who are leaders in their current school. This position requires a self-motivated, collaborative professional who is deeply committed to serving students and families, and who thrives in a demanding and team-oriented culture.

Major Responsibilities

  • Work closely with the classroom teacher to help ensure that students master grade-level standards
  • Follow instructions of the classroom teacher
  • Work in a collaborative manner with the classroom teacher and school staff
  • Maintain and communicate high academic and personal expectations for all students
  • Demonstrate appropriate teaching techniques
  • Follow the school’s policies and procedures for student conduct and discipline
  • Coordinate the arrival and dismissal of students
  • Participate in activities outside of the classroom
  • Participate in program planning
  • Handle behavioral and other emergencies as per policy and procedures and/or behavioral performance
  • Communicate observations and/or concerns regarding students’ physical and psychological status to the teacher, social worker, or health center coordinator as appropriate
  • Complete data collection in an appropriate and timely manner
  • Participate in staff meetings and supervisory conferences as scheduled
  • Assist the Teacher in maintaining a clean and orderly classroom
  • Perform other duties as assigned


Minimum Qualifications

  • Associate’s Degree
  • 2 years’ experience as a paraeducator
  • Excellent relationship building and communication skills with adults and students alike
  • Growth mindset and belief that all children can learn at high levels
  • Team player willing to roll up their sleeves to get the job done
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team member
  • Excellent organizational, planning and implementation skills
  • Excellent writing, communication and presentation skills
  • Experience working with English language learning students, and students from households with low incomes
  • Strong technology skills - proficiency in Google Apps for Education and other learning platforms


Preferred Qualifications

  • Fluent in Spanish
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Experience with restorative practices/restorative justice
  • Experience in a high performing district or charter school that is significantly outperforming its neighboring schools



Willow Public School offers a competitive salary including health, dental, and vision benefits with full-time employment. Willow staff members are also eligible for the state retirement system.

Qualified applicants should upload a resume and cover letter that includes the answer to “Why do you want to work at Willow Public School?” NOTE: A cover letter is required.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commitment

Willow Public School is an equal opportunity employer and thus affords equal employment and advancement opportunity to all qualified individuals without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy, age, disability, marital status, medical condition, or any other classification that is protected under applicable local, state or federal law.

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