Job Title: Teaching Assistant
Type of Company: I work for a school district in a suburb of Schenectady, New York.
Education: Morrisville College Schenectady County Community College (Schenectady, NY)
Previous Experience: Previously I worked as a sales rep for a medical supply company.
Job Tasks: I work with students in need of support in the classroom. On a typical day I attend the classes that they attend. I take notes, clarify directions and support all of the classroom students as well as the one I work with. Some years I attend specials such as Art, Music, Home and Careers and Tech. It is fun to be able to participate in these classes too. It also gives you a different perspective on the students as most often they can express more creativity in these classes than in core classes.
Another aspect of this job is assisting the resource room teacher. The duties included in this part of the job are informing the resource room teacher of projects, homework and day-to-day class work. Sometimes it also includes clerical duties such as photocopying work for the students and teachers. It is nice to belong to a group of teachers because the faculty and staff are constantly educating themselves in the areas of teaching, learning and the socialization of the students.
Helping students manage the trials and tribulation of growing up is a big part of the job and it is important to be observant of the students.
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is getting to know the young people of my community. I love working with the students. Another great aspect of this job is that I only work ten months a year. I get to spend the summers with my family and recharge my batteries. I love that. I cannot really think of any bad parts of my job.
Job Tips: You must be a patient person. If not, this job will help you to learn patience. Try working in different grade levels to find out where you fit best.
Additional Thoughts: This has been very rewarding for me.
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