Website St. John Vianney Catholic School and Church

Position Title: Teacher’s Assistant

Department: Catholic Schools

Grade: Grade 2/4

Supervisor: Classroom Teacher/Director

Purpose and Scope

Under the general supervision of the teacher/director, the teacher assistant will assist the classroom teacher in the supervision and instruction of students. The teacher assistant is responsible to help provide a well-organized, smoothly functional class environment in which students can take full advantage of the instructional program and available resource materials.


Essential Job Functions

  • Assumes responsibility to assist the classroom teacher
  • Assists in supervision and care of students
  • Assists teacher in classroom care-giving routines
  • Assists the teacher in maintaining a safe physical environment
  • Assists with the supervision of students during emergency drills, assemblies, and outdoor play
  • Assists in classroom set up, clean up, and materials preparation
  • Assists in arrangement, maintenance, cleanliness and security of the classroom (including toys and equipment)
  • Assists in food service and supervises children at all meals:
      • Receives food and set up snacks/lunch
      • Maintains a clean environment for food service area
  • Establishes good rapport with children
  • Assists the teacher to work with individuals and groups of students
  • Utilizes respectful individual and responsive care-giving practices with students
  • Throughout class time actively engages children in meaningful learning activities and experiences
  • Appropriately assists children in bathroom procedures:
      • Helping children to establish good habits of toileting and personal hygiene
  • Assists with the implementation of health, emergency procedures and first aid
  • Immediately reports witnessed accidents to supervisor:
      • Prepares a written report stating date, time, nature of accident and action taken
  • Attends meetings and in-services as required by Director
  • Willing to become more knowledgeable of effective and appropriate care-giving practices utilized in early childhood care
  • Communicates appropriately with parents and staff and refers all parent questions and concerns pertaining to students to the teacher 
  • Assists parent volunteers helping in the classroom
  • Treats confidential information about students, staff, and school affairs in a professional and ethical manner
  • Establishes and maintains cooperative, supportive and effective relationships with all school and parish personnel
  • Assumes the duties of the preschool teacher in the absence of the preschool teacher
  • Must be punctual and on time for work
  • Performs other related duties as assigned and demonstrates ability to be flexible and carries out duties



  • Catholics must be willing to make a public profession of faith. Non-Catholic must be willing to sign the Diocese of Phoenix Division of Education and Evangelization Profession of Faith form
  • Assists with indoor and outdoor recreational activities
  • Effectively communicates with students, parents and staff
  • Communicates in English at a level sufficient for successful job performance
  • Effectively supervises and cares for students in their play and routines
  • Meets the physical requirements necessary to perform the assigned duties safely and effectively


Minimum Qualifications

  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Must be a high school graduate or GED
  • Six months of childcare experience required; must be working towards or must have already received NAC, CDA, or CPC credentials, or Associate Degree from an accredited college or university in Early Childhood Education or related field preferred
  • Must participate in Safe Environment (Called to Protect) Training and sign the Code of Ethics Policy
  • Fingerprinting and Tuberculin tests and any other requirements shall be obtained prior to employment according to the Arizona Department of Health Services, Diocese of Phoenix and the Arizona State Dept. of Education
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