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ESS Teaching Assistant PT - Central Tucson - 2020/2021 SY

Department: Instructional Assistant
Location: Tucson, AZ

PT ESS Teacher Assistant - Central Tucson

Leman Academy of Excellence is an independently operated, tuition-free public classical charter school with open-admission policies. Many of the foundational principles for the educational philosophy of Leman Academy of Excellence have been formed and established by Dr. Kevin Leman, the founder of the school, who has often dreamed of launching a school and learning environment for young people that willingly engages and embraces parents in the educational process, highlighting the parent-teacher-scholar relationship to bring out the best in each and every child. The primary goal of Leman Academy is to prepare our scholars to become contributing members of society, future leaders, and powerful difference-makers in our world. How does this happen? Well… it starts with relationships, and our school is all about relationships.

The school’s three core values will drive the success of Leman Academy of Excellence, and fostering relationships is at the core of two of them. We view parent engagement at Leman Academy a critical piece to the success of our school. Research demonstrates that scholar learning and achievement is greater the more active a role the parent plays in the school. We will partner with our families knowing the significant role parents play for a child to reach their full potential in life.

Additionally, we will treat every young person worthy of our utmost attention and respect, and worthy of receiving a rich, generous, connected curriculum that respects each as a learner. Our teachers will greet their scholars at the door as they enter the classroom, letting the young people know on a daily basis that they are valued and cared for by their teacher. This goes back to relationships and creating a positive school culture, which ultimately promotes greater academic learning for all of our scholars.

Finally, by offering a rigorous classical educational program that significantly impacts scholar learning, we are providing our teachers with a clearly defined and incredibly effective pathway to academic excellence.



Leman Academy of Excellence offers a rigorous, classical education based on the traditions of Western culture where all disciplines are interrelated allowing scholars the ability to think independently and critically. We purpose to partner with supportive parents, pursue excellence, provide a safe and challenging environment, and instill morals and values in order to produce tomorrow’s leaders today. Additional information can be found at


General Job Description

Responsible for supporting teachers in instructing scholars using the classical model of learning combined with data-driven decision-making. Will support the teacher with the differentiation of needs and behaviors within one classroom.

Line of Authority/Reports to: Instructional Assistants shall be directly responsible to the Classroom teacher and under the site supervision of the Principal.


Works with: Classroom Teacher, Vice Principal, Principal, Head of School's, Faculty, Department Heads, Office Staff, Health Services Coordinator, Families and Scholars of Leman Academy.


Qualifications/Minimum Requirements:

  • High school diploma or GED and;

  • An Associate's or higher degree or;

  • At least two years of study at an institution of higher education or;

  • Passing score on skills assessment (ParaPro)

  • AZ IVP Fingerprint Clearance Card / Background and Criminal History Clearance.

  • First Aid and CPR Certification.

  • A willingness and desire to learn the Classical model of education.

  • A willingness to better understand Miss Mason’s educational philosophy and methodology.

  • Strong verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills to positively impact community, parents, scholars, administration, instructional staff and office support staff.

  • Strong commitment to supporting and safeguarding the principles of excellence in classical education.

  • Ability to manage conflict resolution with an attitude of humility and service.

  • Ability to communicate effectively and professionally with scholars, parents, co-workers, vendors and build relationships.

  • Strong commitment to providing leadership in promoting health and safety, including a healthy environment.

  • Ability to operate office equipment as required on assignment; i.e. fax machine, copier, computer, etc.

  • Ability to lift boxes and packages of varying weights and move them to other locations.


Duties and Areas of Responsibility:

  • Support the learning environment established by the classroom teacher and enforce rules and procedures for responsible behavior, maintaining order among the scholars for whom you are responsible.

  • Prepare materials and instructional resources for use in the classroom and class activities based on the classical model, as guided by the classroom teacher.

  • Provide Instructional support to scholars using the whole class approach, small, leveled groups and individually using various teaching techniques and methods as directed by the classroom teacher.

  • Provide supervision to scholars in hallways, during drop off, lunch and pick-up as directed by site Principal. Supervise with a “safety first” mindset.

  • Read books to entire classes or small groups.

  • Administer formative assessments and assignments as directed by the classroom teacher and/or site Principal.  

  • Maintain accurate and complete scholar records as required by the school and laws and as directed by the classroom teacher.

  • Prepare scholars for later grades by encouraging them to explore learning opportunities and to persevere with challenging tasks.

  • Support the Teacher’s enforcement of administration policies and rules governing scholars.

  • Instruct and monitor scholars in the use and care of equipment and materials, in order to prevent injuries and damage.

  • Attend professional development meetings and training workshops when requested by Administration in order to maintain and improve professional skills and competence.

  • Perform additional duties as directed by site Principal, knowing that your position is not exclusive of supporting the operations and learning of the school site.

  • Assist in storing and inventory of classroom equipment, materials, and supplies.

  • Maintain confidentiality per FERPA.


 Work Habits and Attitudes:

  • Be a self-starter with an ownership attitude.

  • Demonstrates a strong sense of drive to meet goals.

  • Shows initiative and resourcefulness.

  • Performs accurate work in a timely manner.

  • Meets deadlines and sets priorities.

  • Demonstrates flexibility and adaptability.

  • Works well with minimum supervision.

  • Is dependable and accepts responsibility.

  • Shows sensitivity and tact in dealing with others.

  • Accepts direction and constructive criticism.

  • Cooperates with fellow workers and other departments.

  • Follows school policies and safety rules.

  • Demonstrates a professional appearance on a daily basis.

  • Demonstrates a willingness to work as a team player.

  • Embraces collaboration with other professionals.

  • Excellent organization, time management and follow-up skills.

  • Maintains a professional environment at all times.


Leman Academy of Excellence is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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