A Classroom Paraeducator works in the school/classroom environment with students with developmental disabilities and severe behavior problems. Classroom Paraeducators work directly with students, sometimes in a one-to-one capacity, in order to promote independence in the areas of communication, self-help, social skills, and functional living skills.
- Provide a safe, clean, and nurturing environment that meets and/or exceeds all requirements set forth by Heartspring.
- Provide a structured environment for students by following the schedule of activities that promotes the student’s learning opportunities and their independent living skills.
- Implement and document the students’ training programs as prescribed in the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or informal training programs in the home setting.
- Implement, document, and provide input into the Student Support Plan (SSP), as outlined by the psychology department.
- Implement and document student-specific training in specialized areas, as prescribed by the students’ teams (i.e., Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Speech Therapy).
- Escort students to off-campus events, including special outings, field trips, and healthcare appointments.
- Perform and assist with non-violent behavior management system for crisis intervention as needed.
- Adhere to all procedures and techniques as outlined in the Safe and Positive Approaches (S&PA) training.
- Communicate effectively with students, parents, teachers, team members, supervisors, and all persons involved in the students’ programs.
- Document and/or report any health concerns, whether ongoing (i.e. diabetes, seizures) or emergent (i.e., lacerations, bruises).
- Document and report any instances of abuse, neglect, exploitation, or other unusual incidents or events, as per Heartspring and Department of Child & Family Services guidelines.
- Prompt and regular attendance is required; working on major holidays is necessary, as scheduled.
- Assist in training and welcoming new Classroom Paraeducators into the School.
- Provide specific verbal praise for students throughout the day.
- Assist students with eating their lunch.
- Provide for the safety and protection of the students in the event of an emergency (fire, tornado, severe weather, etc.), whether on campus or out in the community.
- Manage students’ clothing and personal belongings, and notifying the supervisor of any needs in a timely manner.
- Complete tasks as assigned by supervisor.
- Complete other duties, as assigned.
Monday - Friday 7:15am to 4pm (some variance)
EDUCATIONAL, TRAINING, AND LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS
- High school diploma, or equivalent.
- Valid Kansas drivers’ license and good driving record preferred (required in order to drive students in Heartspring vehicles).
- Must successfully complete all required orientation and training conducted by Heartspring staff.
- Must complete 18 hours of in-service training per year.
- Must make up all missed trainings, classes, and meetings in a timely manner.
- Must maintain NCI certification (annual).
- Must maintain CPR certification.
- Able to perform significant, prolonged, and frequent amounts of walking, standing, sitting, stooping, squatting, bending, twisting, reaching, and kneeling.
- Regular lifting of up to 10 pounds.
- Occasional lifting of up to 30 pounds.
$12.00 to $16.61 per hour.
Health, Vision, and Dental Insurance
Edcuation, professional development and scholarship opportunities
Vacation, Sick, and Holiday Leave
Employee Assistance Program
Flexible Spending Accounts
Heartspring is a drug-free campus. Heartspring is an EEO employer.