Early Childhood Special Education Paraprofessional
Department: The Center Early Childhood Programs
Reports To: Early Childhood Special Education Teacher (ECSE)
Salary Grade: $15 per hour
Work Year: 186 days
District Description: Work in America’s highest city. Support unforgettable students. Contribute to our small community. Enjoy amazing mountain access. Lake County is located two hours west of Denver in the heart of Colorado’s highest peaks at 10,200 feet. There are about 7,300 people in Lake County, and Leadville is the main city. We have a strong history of mining, adventure recreation, and outdoor enthusiasm. The Center at Lake County Elementary School is a preschool with 6-8 classrooms serving children in Head Start, Colorado Preschool Program, on IEPs and tuition programs.
SUMMARY: Work under the direct supervision of the Early Childhood Special Education teacher to implement special education or related services for a class and/or to provide direct assistance to students. Duties will vary depending upon the age of students served as well as the nature and severity of the student’s disabilities. Support program in various ways as needed.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:
- Instructional Support Services
- Assist ECSE with supporting children in the classroom.
- Support ECSE with lesson planning and preparation and small group instruction for academic and social emotional learning.
- Implement and deliver with fidelity teacher created lessons for students according to IEP goals, asking questions for clear understanding.
- Work directly with one-on-one students, in both classroom and other settings; implement learning activities with a focus on social-emotional learning, communication skills, and behavior choices and academics.
- Use CPI and sensory interventions to help de-escalate when children may become agitated and physically aggressive.
- Work with students with sensory/processing disorders requiring competencies in patience, flexibility, and consistency.
- Supplement learning activities with brain breaks and interventions as needed.
- Cooperate/collaborate with building staff to help move students forward.
- Program Support Services
- Supervise students either in the classroom, in small groups or as needed throughout the day according to child care licensing requirements.
- Attend medical trainings with the school nurse and provide supervision to students with medical concern for time periods, following the student’s schedule.
- Follow all medical and behavioral escalation paths to seek help when appropriate.
- Serve as a bus monitor when needed.
- Support toilet learning and/or diapering.
- Attend school functions, trainings and mandatory staff meetings.
- Become aware and knowledgeable of Head Start Performance Standards, State Childcare Regulations, Colorado Preschool Program, The Center Policies and Procedures, Employee Handbook and Code of Conduct.
- Maintain confidentiality and professional boundaries.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS: High School diploma or GED required; early childhood classes a plus; must be able to pass all required background checks and fingerprinting; bilingual in Spanish preferred; comfortable working with medical issues and interventions – ability to remain calm under pressure.
EXPERIENCE: 1 year experience working with at risk children and families and/or early childhood education preferred