Paraeducator - Instructional (Elementary Grades PK-5)

St. Mary's County Public Schools Leonardtown, MD
Release Date: July 12, 2018 Application Deadline: July 26, 2018

Requisition 5305

Current benefited staff of SMCPS who submit a timely application and meet the minimum qualifications for the position shall be granted an interview and shall be considered to fill the vacancy prior to external applicants being considered. Questions regarding your application and/or candidacy should be directed to the Department of Human Resources.

Position: Paraeducator - Instructional (Elementary Grades PK-5)

(ten-month assignment)

Salary: The salary for this position will be based on CEASMC salary schedule for

ten-month employees – Range 7 ($21,837 - $33,036)

Location: Park Hall Elementary School

Effective: August 2018


Qualified applicants, including current employees of St. Mary's County Public Schools, must complete a TalentEd online application. In addition to the online application, any support documentation (copy of certification where applicable) must be scanned and uploaded to the TalentEd application. The online application and any support documentation must clearly demonstrate that the applicant meets the minimum qualifications, including information about the applicant's background, experience, and professional qualifications. Failure to submit all required documentation will result in your application being considered incomplete. Incomplete applications will not be forwarded to the selection committee for review. All online applications must be completed no later than July 26, 2018. Following a screening of credentials, interviews will be scheduled. Please contact the Department of Human Resources with questions (301-475-5511, ext. 32187).


The paraeducator must be able to work collaboratively with the classroom teacher and at times, work independently to support the instructional goals of the students and class. Paraeducators are required to escort students, maintain a safe and orderly learning environment, assist students with instructional activities and projects, and assist the classroom teacher with maintaining and organizing materials of instruction.


The paraeducator may be assigned by the building principal to support any elementary grade level (Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 5), as needed. Grade level assignments may change throughout the school year. The paraeducator will work under the direction of the classroom teacher. As part of the duties, the paraeducator will:

* Meet regularly with the teacher at a designated time for planning and evaluating student's progress;

* Assist in developing learning activities with the teacher;

* Assist in guiding students in working and playing with others;

* Provide escort and assistance to students as necessary;

* Assist in the supervision of students on trips and other school related activities;

* Prepare, under the direction of the teacher, appropriate learning activities, stations, materials;

* Reinforce learning activities with appropriate audio visual aids and other materials;

* Assist teacher in maintaining neat work and study areas;

* Assist in activities planned for and with parents; and

* Attend, as necessary, workshops and in-service training sessions.


* Instructional paraeducators assigned to Title I schools shall have:

* Completed at least two years of study at an institution of higher education;

* Obtained an associate's or higher degree; or

* Met a rigorous standard of quality and can demonstrate through a formal state or local academic assessment the knowledge of and ability to assist in the instruction of reading, writing, and mathematics or the instruction in readiness for these subjects. Paraeducators qualifying under this criterion must have a high school diploma or equivalent as a prerequisite.

* College training and experience working with children is desired.


Full-time ten-month position.


The salary for this position will be based on CEASMC salary schedule for ten-month seven hour employees – Range 7.


The Board of Education reserves the right to reject any or all applicants, re-advertise and/or withdraw the positions.

The St. Mary's County Public School System does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, age, national origin, marital status or sexual orientation, religion, or disability in matters affecting employment or providing access to programs.

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