Special Education | Special Education | Lower School OR Upper School


Hours: 7:15 AM – 2:45 PM

Job Summary: Special Education Paraprofessionals provide assistance, under case manager and classroom teacher direction, to students identified with special needs by helping them stay on task, complete assignments, maintain acceptable behavior, and function in daily living skills needed for success in school. Paraprofessionals will report on days students are present.

Essential Functions:

Paraprofessional duties depend on student needs and often include the following:

  • Work with individual students or small groups of students to reinforce learning of material or skills initially introduced by the teacher.

  • Assist the teacher in devising special strategies for reinforcing material or skills based on a sympathetic understanding of individual students, their needs, interest, and abilities.

  • Guide independent study, enrichment work, and remedial work set up and assigned by the teacher or case manager to work on IEP goals.

  • Read to students, listen to students read, and participate in other forms of oral communication with students.

  • Check notebooks, correct papers, and supervise testing and make-up work, as assigned by the teacher.

  • Perform assigned supervision of students during lunch periods, play periods, and on field trips.

  • Help students with their clothing.

  • Assist with lunch, snack, and cleanup routines.

  • Assist with wash-up and toilet routines.

  • Alert the regular teacher and case manager to any problem or special information about an individual student.  

  • Participate in in-service training programs, as assigned.  

  • Maintain the same high level of ethical behavior and confidentiality of information about students as is expected of fully licensed teachers.

Required Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent 

  • Meet the requirements of a Highly Qualified Paraprofessional by demonstrating/providing documentation of one of the following within the first 90 days of employment: 

    • A passing score on the Paraeducator assessment or the ParaPro assessment. 

    • An associate’s degree or higher

    • At least two years of college credits (60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits) through an accredited institution of higher education.

  • Personal Care Assistant certification to be completed within 6-12 months of employment as needed for program.

  • Crisis Prevention Intervention training to be completed within 6-12 months of employment as needed for the program.

  • Must possess and display excellent human relations skills when dealing with staff, students, and community.  

  • Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations. 

  • Ability to get along with other people, work cooperatively in team situations and have patience in dealing with parents and students.

  • Health care experience or training may be required

  • Ability to work with emotionally, physically and/or mentally impaired students. 

  • Ability to maintain composure under stressful conditions.

  • Ability to communicate in English effectively and concisely both orally and in writing.

  • Ability to read and comprehend English instructions, correspondence and memos. 

  • Ability to interpret documents, ability to write routine reports and correspondence.

  • Ability to perform basic mathematical computations and interpret data related to student performance.

  • Ability to operate a computer and knowledge of multiple software packages.

  • Ability to perform duties with awareness of all district requirements and Board of Education policies. 


  • Speaks Spanish and/or Mandarin Chinese 
    Physical Requirements:

This position requires vocal communication, hearing, climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, reaching, standing, walking, sitting, pushing, pulling, use of hands to grasp and feel, and vision abilities including close, distance, and adjusting focus.  Lifting/moving required frequently up to 25 pounds and occasionally up to 40 pounds or more.  Work occasionally requires exposure to bloodborne pathogens and is generally in a moderately noisy location.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.