Paraprofessional | Instructional | Paynesville Area Elementary School


Elementary Paraprofessional

Paynesville Area Schools is in search of an Elementary Paraprofessional to join our team for the 2023-2024 school year to serve Special Education.


To assist teachers in providing curriculum support to students with behavioral and/or learning disorders, students performing below their grade level to maximize their academic success; and to assist special need

students with mobility, self-care, communication and social interaction needs to maximize participation in classroom activities. 


ASSIGNMENT:  Hours vary during student contact days


% of Time                                                                      



Assist student(s) in classroom

            A.  Assist with reading, directions and assignments.

            B.  Assist with labs and projects.

            C.  Guide with social interactions.

            D.  Provide behavioral management.




Assist student(s) during study time

            A.  Assist with homework.

            B.  Assist with projects.

            C.  Assist with organization.

            D.  Guide with social interactions. 


Assist students outside of classroom.

A.  Assist students upon arrival or departure.

B.  Assist students with transitioning.


Assist with supervision of students

            A.  Assist special need student(s) with organizing materials and promptly getting to class.

            B.  Assist and supervise special need student(s) during lunch.

            C.  Lunchroom supervision

            D.  Locker room supervision

            E.  Supervise lunch detention.

            F.  Assist in supervision of classrooms and hallways.


Assist in office, nurse’s office, and preparation of materials

            A.  Cover breaks, lunch, etc. for office personnel and nurse.

B.  Recording text and AR books onto tape.

            C.  Assist teacher with preparing needed materials and supplies. 




Physical Involvement:

A.  Position requires prolonged position in any combination of body postures, such as squatting, stooping, bending (both sitting and standing), kneeling, or sitting on the floor while performing student care, classroom activities, or transfers.

B.  Position may occasionally exert in excess of 50  lbs. during diapering, removal or physical restraint of students.


Mental Involvement:

A.  Position requires reading and explaining directions.

B.  Position requires meeting individual needs of students while exhibiting patience.

C.  Position requires handling multiple tasks.

D.  Position requires dealing with interruptions and distractions.

E.  Position requires occasional priority changes.

F.  Position requires taking directions from several sources.

G.  Position requires guiding social conflict interactions.

H.  Position requires maintaining flexibility.

I.  Position requires occasional deadlines.

J.  Position requires ability to work with electrical and power tools with special need  


K.  Position requires ability to help special need student(s) with cooking and sewing. 


Working Conditions:

A.  Normal classroom conditions.

B.  Occasional exposure to bodily fluids and airborne pathogens.

C.  Occasional lifting/restraining of students.

D.  Occasional diapering of students.

E.  Occasional exposure to students with emotional disturbances.

F.  Occasional exposure to dust, fumes, and noise.


Supervision of Other Employees: 

     A. This position does not include supervision or work direction of other employees.





  1. High school degree or equivalent.

  2. AA degree or demonstrate competencies under the Federal guidelines.



  1. Prior experience within an educational system or working with children preferred but 

 not required.      


Special Knowledge or Skills: 

A.  Ability to work effectively with students of all grade levels in a positive manner.

B.  Ability and willingness to work with special need students.

C.  Ability to communicate effectively.

D.  Ability to read and understand directions.

E.  Have basic math and language skills.

F.  Have basic computer skills. 

G.  CPR, First Aid, and Crisis Prevention Intervention training preferred.


Equipment, Machines, Tools, Electronic Devices, Software:

A.  Photocopier used on occasional basis.

B.  Calculator used on occasional basis.

C.  Computer and printer used on occasional basis.

D.  Multiline telephone and fax used on occasional basis.

E.  Typewriter used on occasional basis.

F.  Hand and power tools used on occasional basis.

G.  Sewing machine, serger, and kitchen appliances used on occasional basis.

F.  Operate adaptive equipment or assistive technology on occasional basis.

G.  Operate self-care equipment such as wheelchairs on occasional basis.

H.  Office equipment such as laminator, dye cut machine, opaque projector, paper

      shredder, copies, paper cutter, over head projector, CD-Rom educational discs used on 

      an occasional basis.

I.  Operate adaptive equipment or assistive technology on occasional basis. 



  1. Project a positive, cooperative, and respectful attitude with students, teachers, parents, other employees, and community members.  

B.  Provide confidentiality for all students.

C.  Provide the best opportunity for every individual student to reach his/her maximum 


D. Support students and staff by providing services and facilities that support the educational 

      activities and programs.

E. Provide a safe and effective learning environment.

F. Treat all students with dignity and respect.

G. Provides support to meet individual needs as outlined in the IEP, if appropriate.

H. Prepares materials in such a manner that contributes to efficient and smooth operation of   

     the classroom.

I.  Maintains accurate and up to date records to help ensure that students needs are met.


This description describes the general nature and work expected of an individual assigned to this position.  Employees may be required to perform other job-related duties as requested by their supervisor.  All requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with a disability