Education Assistant - American Sign Language Focus
Mission Public Schools is dedicated to providing our students with an educational environment that nurtures the development of an Educated Citizen. Located in the beautiful Fraser Valley, Mission is a vibrant and diverse community with over 6200 students and 850 employees. We are committed to providing a safe, equitable, and inclusive educational system for all students in our thirteen urban and rural elementary schools, two middle schools, one secondary school, distributed learning centre, alternative learning centre, and vocational and technical college.
MPSD is currently recruiting for the position of Education Assistant to work with complex students, specifically requiring support with significant Hearing Differences, Autism, and Intellectual Disability.
Duties include, but are not limited to:
Under the guidance of the Inclusive Support Teacher/Case Manager
- Implement, plan, and collaborate regarding strategies listed in the Individual Education Plans
- Assist students with personal hygiene requirements
- Implement Positive Behavior Support and Safety Plans
- Reinforce the educational program by tutoring, adapting, or modifying classroom materials, under the direction of the teacher, to meet the specialized needs of students with ASD.
- Assist student with Significant Hearing Differences and ASD in acquiring skills in communication and language development, behavior and social skills
- Facilitate language acquisition through play
- Assist students putting on or taking off hearing devices
- Supervises assigned students at recess and lunch and oversees and encourages interaction with other students
- Training in American Sign Language in an accredited program within the last 3 years.
- ASL requirement: ASLPI – level 3
- Completion of a recognized certificate in Inclusive Education Assistant or related courses
- Training in Autism Spectrum Disorder
Required Skills and Abilities
- Proven interest in, and ability to work with children who may have learning disabilities, physical disabilities, and challenging behaviours
- Good observation, articulation and listening discrimination skills and the ability to keep accurate notes
- Ability to demonstrate nurturing and sensitivity toward students with widely varied backgrounds and abilities
- Flexibility and patience to work effectively with the varied needs of students being served
- Ability to assist learning in a variety of subjects
- Willing to participate in related in-service training
- Excellent communication skills to work with students and to provide feedback to teachers, principals and, within district guidelines, parents
- an ability to learn and follow prescribed educational programs and methods to assist students
- a willingness to learn methods and become certified for procedures such as tube feeding, seizure management, glucose monitoring, etc.
- sufficient physical strength to lift and position students, and knowledge of lifting techniques