Employment Opportunity: Teaching Assistant

 Reports to:

  • The Class Teacher or Subject Teacher
  • The Education Director
  • To the Teacher on Call in the absence of the Class Teacher


  • Work under the direction and authority of the Class Teacher and Subject Teachers.  The TA can also be referred to as a “Classroom Aide” or “Classroom Helper.”
  • Direct the students’ attention to the Class and/or Subject Teacher for instructional directions, class ‘rules’ and reminders, disciplinary expectations, etc.
  • Assist the students to receive the grade level curriculum at his/her individual level by adapting and/or modifying the mode of instruction to meet student’s needs.
  • Encourage independence by allowing the students to work independently, while assisting other students in the classroom as needed and appropriate.
  • Use the school’s Social Inclusion approach to social conflict in the classroom and on playfields.
  • Prepare materials and do marking as requested by the Class Teacher.
  • Accompany and assist the class in subject classes as needed.
  • Oversee the whole class with quiet working for short periods.
  • Take small groups or individuals and supervise working as directed by the Class Teacher.
  • Morning recess and lunch recess supervision daily, using Social Inclusion approach.
  • Follow goals and objectives from the student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP) where applicable.
  • Liaise periodically with Education Director for trainings, concerns or administrative issues.
  • Attend IEP meetings, (twice a year) if applicable, as well as January parent-teacher conference if requested by Class Teacher.
  • If requested by Class Teacher, maintain regular communication with parents via phone, communication book and/or meetings to share observations and suggestions for student support.
  • Consult with Class Teacher on a regular basis (one period per week).
  • Participate in class field trips when requested.                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Individual Child support

  • Assist with the needs of an individual child under the direction of the Class teacher
  • Have skills that correspond to the particular needs of the child
  • Be willing to learn about the child’s needs
  • Provide communication with the parent of the child

 NWS expects the Teaching Assistant to: 

  • learn the Waldorf philosophy (time provided on the job)
  • learn and use Social Inclusion approach, including specific tools and language (training provided)
  • be familiar with the school rules as outlined in the Parent Handbook
  • learn to play the recorder and to knit. May require minimal practice knitting and recorder at home
  • model correct cursive handwriting
  • model correct grammar and appropriate verbal/written language
  • support all school policies
    • support the school’s media policy by refraining from cell phone or headphone use in public areas
    • support the school’s dress code of clothing and jewelry
  • be readily accessible by phone
  • submit hours according to Business Director’s guidelines
  • call the Class Teacher as soon as possible if an absence is incurred

Contract Details: 

  • A TA contract corresponds to the NWS school year.  The school year is Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020 – Thursday, June 17, 2021. Late hirings are prorate
  • A full-time position is 5 days/week (31 hours): Monday-Thursday 8:15 am-3:15 pm daily, including an unpaid 30 min lunch break; and Friday 8:15 am-1:15 pm.
  • The hourly wage is $16-18/hr
  • Part-time positions are usually Mon-Fri (5 days week), 4.5-5 hrs/day.
  • School holidays are not paid.  Some paid Pro-D days are allocated.
  • Benefits: TAs are entitled to 3 discretionary days per year, and are eligible for the Employee Tuition Benefit
  • All new employees begin with a 2 month probationary period.