Support Staff | Special Education Paraprofessional | Westwood Intermediate School


About Spring Lake Park Schools:
Welcome to Spring Lake Park Schools! We are a vibrant school community serving about 6,200 students from the suburbs of Blaine, Fridley and Spring Lake Park, in the northern Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area. Our district purpose — “High expectations, high achievement for all. No excuses” – provides our focus to meet the unique and varied needs of each student. 
Spring Lake Park Schools is recognized for our commitment to personalized learning, creating a culture of innovation and creativity through human-centered design thinking. We are working to create a system – a culture with a methodology and set of processes – where teachers and staff have the freedom, flexibility and invitation to design new ways of learning centered around deepening student engagement to continuously improve student success.
Position Overview:

This position is a Special Education Paraprofessional at Westwood Schools, helping to support students with Developmental Cognitive Disorders in grades 5-8. 

Primary Responsibilities:

Duties of this job include, but are not limited to…

  • under the supervision of a Special Education teacher, implementing behaviors plans customized and personalized for students to reinforce preferred behavior;
  • performing general data collection tasks for the purpose of progress monitoring student success;
  • having the ability and passion to work with students with emotional/behavior issues is essential;
  • working comfortably with students in individual, small group, and large group environments, in both general and special education settings;
  • working effectively with an interdisciplinary team, while having the ability to work independently;
  • working with school staff to provide behavior support to students in collaboration with teachers; and
  • participating in, and providing information for, team meetings related to student success and next actions.


Necessary qualifications include…

  • completed 90 quarter or 60 semester college credits, and/or AA degree in the area of Education, Child Development, Child Psychology, Behavioral Sciences; or area related to position assignment, or passing score on the ParaPro Assessment AND either a high school diploma or a GED certificate. The ParaPro Assessment is available in the Human Resources Office; please contact us with questions at 763-600-5010;
  • training and experience in the use of computers and other technology equipment;
  • ability to act in a leadership role and independently initiate and follow through on tasks, under minimal supervision; and
  • demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills in working with students, families, and community representatives, and in collaborating with school personnel.


Working Conditions:

There are physical demands to this position, including…

  • ability to lift 40 pounds;
  • frequent bending and/or twisting; and
  • possibly physically restraining students

Reasonable accommodations may be made to help individuals with disabilities perform the essential functions listed above.


Per the paraprofessional salary schedule.
How to Apply:

Applications will be reviewed as received and qualified candidates will be interviewed until the position is filled.  Individuals who wish to be considered for this position must apply online at  Only qualified and appropriately licensed individuals will be considered for an interview. 

With inquiries, please contact Cyndi Steinke, Management Assistant – Student Services and Special Education, at or 763-600-5081.

Equity is a priority in Spring Lake Park Schools and is essential to our goal of putting children first to ensure college and career readiness. A diverse workforce fuels innovation and allows us to better understand, communicate with, and educate our students.  Spring Lake Park Schools will not deny anyone the opportunity for training or employment because of sex, race, religion, color, creed, national origin, marital status, age, sexual preference, disability, or status with regard to public assistance.