For over 30 years, Way to Grow, Inc. has been one of the preeminent early learning programs in the Twin Cities. We focus on the most important stages of life — from prenatal to third grade and parenting. Our program, Great by Eight centers around the vision that every child is born healthy, stays healthy and has an equal opportunity to succeed in school and life. Through our in-home and center-based programming, we help parents create a learning environment in the home as they become their child’s first and most important teachers.
The Teaching Assistant is responsible for supporting preschool teachers in center-based programming, including in classroom-based educational experiences and providing developmentally appropriate opportunities for diverse children and families. Teaching Assistants collaborate closely with preschool teachers to assist in lesson planning, curriculum implementation, classroom management, and family communication.
- Supports the implementation of preschool curriculum.
- Supports the maintenance of a safe and developmentally appropriate environment in which children and families are treated as powerful team members and valuable decision makers.
- Engages in early literacy best practice to include the SEEDS of Early Literacy.
- Incorporates BIG 5 early literacy skills into all areas of the classroom.
- Collaborates with Preschool Teacher to provide a culturally sensitive and diverse classroom.
- Supports the bus driver by riding the bus with participants during drop off/pick up time.
- Sets annual professional development goals and completes an annual work plan designed to reach individual service goals.
- Helps to plan and participate in family events and other sponsored events and activities.
- Attends all staff meetings and other meetings as required by supervisor.
- Works as a team member for the overall success and health of the organization.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- Associate’s degree in early childhood education or social science.
- Two years of similar work experience serving diverse populations.
- Valid driver’s license, safe driving record, and auto insurance required.
Skills & Abilities
- Bilingual/Bicultural is always a plus.
- Proficient with both oral and written forms of the English language.
- Knowledge of child development and early childhood education.
- Knowledge of early literacy skill development.
- Familiarity with diverse cultures and the ability to be culturally sensitive, non-judgmental and open to a variety of parenting styles.
- Ability to set healthy personal boundaries and limits.
- Ability to work independently, prioritize responsibilities, and manage time.
- Dependable, ability to work in groups and team settings.
- Knowledge of community and available resources.
- Good judgment and decision-making skills.
- Ability to use and teach planning, goal-setting, and problem-solving skills.
- Computer proficiency including but not limited to: word processing, data entry, e-mail, and calendar management.
Physical Demands Required to Successfully Perform Job
- The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that are necessary for an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to: stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. The employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts, toxic chemicals, and the risk of electrical shock. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
To apply: Send resume and cover letter to Dawn Brocken at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Way to Grow, Inc. is an Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, color, national origin, ancestry, familial status, age, disability, marital status or status with regard to public assistance.