TA 1, Library – St. Paul Public Schools (Como Elementary)

TA 1 – Library- Como Elementary

Job ID



North West

Full/Part Time




General Information

Minimum qualifications:
One of the following:

  • An AA, AS, AAS (or higher) degree, or
  • Two years of post-secondary coursework (60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits) from an accredited institution of higher education which are applicable toward a bachelors degree, OR
  • Passing score of 460 (or higher) on the ParaPro Assessment AND either a high school diploma or a GED certificate.  (For more information on the ParaPro Assessment, contact Educational Testing Service at 1-800-772-9476 or www.ets.org/parapro)

Knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Basic skills in reading, writing and mathematics.
  • Basic skills in typing and duplicating may be required for some positions.
  • Ability to develop good relationships with students and staff.
  • Ability to be sensitive to the needs of others.
  • Ability to relate to students with warmth, friendliness and understanding.
  • Lifting may be required for some Teaching Assistant positions.
  • Must be on time to the job every day.


The essential job functions of a Teaching Assistant include, but are not limited to, the following fundamental duties. Able to perform the duties in these various environmental conditions. May be assigned to any of the following Teaching Assistants as needed to support student’s academic.

Teaching Assistant 1 (regular education)

  • Work under the direction of a licensed teacher and/or other licensed instructional or nursing staff
  • Able to follow daily schedule
  • Prepared to support all students in the general education classroom, including those with 504 Plans or Individualized Education Plans (IEPs)
  • Monitor student behavior in the classroom by observing and keeping records. Observe that students are paying attention to their work and completing their assignments. Advise students and direct appropriate behavior. Review and correct student work. Help students with workbooks and other materials. Assist in keeping daily student records.
  • Tutor students in reading, language arts, spelling, mathematics, social studies, and other subjects.
  • Assist teachers with checkout and check-in of educational materials and consumables. Organize and maintain instructional materials such as books, flash cards, blocks, clocks, and rulers. Set up and take down equipment used in class.
  • Prepare, duplicate, and assemble materials for teacher and other professional staff, such as a nurse, social worker or counselor. Be comfortable using technology including iPads. Occasionally do some light typing. Maintain displays and bulletin boards. Assist in program registration and fee collection. File materials and answer phones. Deliver messages and meals to rooms.
  • Participate in physical education activities with students. Assist teacher with low-organized games.
  • Assist in planning parties and special projects.


Teaching Assistant 2 (special education)

  • Positions may perform some or all of these duties in addition to those listed above. Able to perform the duties in these various environmental conditions
  • Assist in implementing student Individualized Educational Plan (IEP), 504 Plans, Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP), and sensory plans.
  • Support the inclusion of students with disabilities in general education classrooms and environments.
  • Record data on students’ IEP objectives and BIPs for use in monitoring and adjusting student programs
  • Assist students with teaching students to complete functional skills, such as feeding, dressing, toileting and other self-help activities. Maintain toileting area and equipment. Set up meal area and equipment.
  • Assist teachers in working with individual students in with communications systems therapy, and discipline across the school day and in all environments.
  • Able to be mobile and move around classrooms and the schools to anticipate and meet the variety of student needs.
  • Complete Third Party billing daily
  • Provide follow up instruction on Positive Behavioral Interventions and implement de-escalation strategies to avoid power struggles.
  • Be trained in Non-violent Crisis Intervention (NVCI) for de-escalation and physical restraint techniques. Only  use NVCI physical intervention techniques when needed to assure the safety of the student or other students
  • Assist in supporting students on field trips


Teaching Assistant 2 – Floater

Elementary School Floater Special Education-Teaching Assistant (TA2) (special education) positions may perform some or all of these duties in addition to those listed above. will be scheduled to provide supports to students in the specialized program classrooms so staffing is maintained during other assistants’ breaks and lunches. At other times of the day, the TA will be assigned to support instruction for other students with paraprofessional support on their IEPs in general education and special education classrooms. TA2 Floater performs all functions of an TA2.

Class 1, Class 2 and Floater Teaching Assistants may perform other similar tasks and duties as required. All Teaching Assistants are required to lift more than 40 pounds. All Teaching Assistant positions may require bus duty. Bus duty includes helping students with disabilities enter bus; lock wheelchairs into place; fasten seatbelt and/or shoulder harness; help keep order on bus; maintain comfort and hygiene on bus. Assist in students exiting the bus; bring students into school building; take students to proper classroom. Escort students from bus safely to the curb. In addition, behavior interventions plans for the bus are implemented

All of these duties can take place within the school building, on the bus, on field trips or field experiences, on the playground or any school environment.



  • Must be physically be able to lift more than 40 pounds when applicable.
  • Able to sit, walk, climb, crouch, kneel, push, talk and hear.
  • TA2s are required to be trained in the Special Education Orientation.
  • Must be trained and maintained Non-violent Crisis Intervention (NVCI) and bus safety training and CPR as required.
  • Regardless if you are TA1 or TA2, you may be assigned to a Special Education bus route(s), the following requirements must be completed within 30 days of being assigned to ride the bus: basic first aid, CPR and bus safety policies and procedures training. This required training will be offered by the District’s Transportation Department. Employees who have taken this training from the American Red Cross are required to show evidence of completion to the Transportation Department. It is required to repeat this training as necessary in order to remain certified.


Essential Functions
Essential functions are job duties that the individual holding the position must be able to perform unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation through the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and the Americans with Disability Amendments Act (ADAAA). The essential functions are typical duties as outlined under Responsibilities.

Regular and reliable attendance. 

May be exposed to various cleaning products.

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
This is a 10 month position working 30 hours per week.

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Teaching Assistant negotiated labor agreement. The labor agreement and salary schedule can be found at https://www.spps.org/Page/33566.

Benefits are available to new employees after 30 days of active employment.  Benefits include medical insurance, life insurance, sick leave, pension plan, tax-free retirement account, and flexible spending account.  Some employee groups also receive vacation, dental insurance and disability insurance.  A benefits summary is available at https://www.spps.org/Domain/13220.

How To Apply
To be considered further, please apply for this position and attach a resume and cover letter to your online application.

The Human Resource Department will review your application materials and contact you regarding the next steps.

To attach additional documents to your online application, click on the “Additional Attachments” link from the applicant homepage and upload your documents as attachments.  Valid file extensions for attaching a document include .doc, .txt, .rtf, and .pdf.

Other Information
Transcript – Unofficial transcripts are accepted at the time of hire.  You must submit official transcripts within 30 days of your start date.  Formal credential evaluation is required for post-secondary education completed outside of the United States.

Veteran’s Preference – If you are an eligible veteran applying for a job where veteran’s preference applies and wish to claim Veterans Preference you must submit a legible copy of your DD214 to the Human Resource Department with your employment application. If your claim is approved, five or ten additional points will be added to your final passing score.

Criminal Background Investigation and Reference Checks – Reference checks and a criminal background investigation will be completed as a condition of hire for all new employees and for former employees who have not been employed by the District for more than six months.

Equal Employment Opportunity
Saint Paul Public Schools is an equal opportunity employer and supports an inclusive workplace environment.
Equity Statement
SPPS is committed to an equitable workforce where all employees represent this commitment through equitable practices in their job position.