Teaching Assistant 2
Saint Paul Public Schools - #625
 Saint Paul, MN

Como Park Elementary School is seeking to hire a Teaching Assistant 2.

About Como Park Elementary School. Our school offers exceptional resources – including the district's only onsite planetarium – all near beautiful Como Park. As a result, nature is a special focus for our school. Students in our school have achieved solid growth in reading and math. In addition to core classes, our young learners are inspired through physical education, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math), and art.


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 1 (regular education) include, but are not limited to, the following fundamental duties:

  • Monitor student behavior in the classroom by observing and keeping records. Observe that students are paying attention to their work and completing their assignments. Make calls to parents of absent students. 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. Occasionally do some light typing. Maintain displays and bulletin boards. Operate audio-visual equipment. 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 positions may perform some or all of these duties in addition to those listed above:

  • Assist students with feeding and toileting activities. Maintain toileting area and equipment. Set up meal area and equipment.
  • Assist teachers in working with individual students in communications therapy, self-help activities, and discipline.
  • Discipline students, give time-outs, stop physical and argumentative fights. Assist with physical restraint and lock-up procedures.
  • Assist in arranging and chaperoning field trips.

Both Class 1 and Class 2 Teaching Assistants may perform other similar tasks and duties as required. All Teaching Assistant positions may require bus duty. Bus duty includes helping load handicapped students into bus; lock wheelchairs into place; fasten seatbelt and/or shoulder harness; help keep order on bus; maintain comfort and hygiene on bus. Assist in unloading bus; bring students into school building; take students to proper classroom. Escort students from bus to residence. These duties can take place within the school building, on the bus, on field trips or field experiences, and at play.


If 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.

An additional premium of $3.25 per hour is provided for special education school bus duty once the Teaching Assistant has completed the required district bus duty training.

Essential Functions

Essential functions are functions 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 outline under Responsibilities.

Regular and reliable attendance.

Maybe 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 (union) negotiated labor agreement. The minimum rate of pay for this position is $(amount) per hour or annually.

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.

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.