Position Title: Paraeducator, (Basic) / Floating Classroom Assistant

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Salary Grade: Based on years of experience (starts at $15/hr)


The mission of Cypress Junction Montessori (CJM) is to provide a high-quality education for all students.

Cypress Junction Montessori is seeking highly qualified Paraeducators/Assistant Teachers with a passion to bring Montessori curriculum to the Winter Haven Community and a desire to develop personally and professionally. Our paraeducators/assistant teachers will introduce the Montessori Method to many of our students and need to be flexible, aware and available in a manner different than traditional teachers. Our paraeducators/assistant teachers will be guides, observers and facilitators who encourage students to explore outside the prescribed classroom confines. CJM’s teaching team will interact in close and integrative manners, making interpersonal skills critical. In addition, CJM expects excellence in: Instructional Process, Collaboration, Classroom Climate and Culture, Student Assessment, Curriculum, Classroom Management, Professional Growth and Parent Interaction

To perform this job successfully, the individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The duties are intended to describe the nature and level of work being performed by the employee assigned to the position. This job description is not meant to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of this position. Other duties may be assigned which are not listed. Additionally, when duties and responsibilities of this job change, this job description will be reviewed and updated, subject to changes and business necessity.

Custom Job Purpose:

This position exists to assist with the Classroom Teachers and Administration. Provides assistance with clerical duties, student supervision, behavior management, and related educational support throughout the school day. Duties are performed under the general supervision of supervisors/teachers. Performance is evaluated through observation of work, and/or periodic conferences, critiques, records and reports.

When not acting in official capacity of paraeducator, this position will assist Lead Classroom Montessori guides in other capacities within the Montessori classroom environment.

Essential Functions of this Job:

Professional duties will involve attending meetings as necessary, serving on various committees, attending appropriate inservice provided, and becoming acquainted with philosophies, policies, procedures, equipment, and the work site where assigned. Clerical assistance will consist of grading papers, collecting forms, updating folders, assisting with testing, taking attendance, copying, collecting homework, ordering supplies, filing, keeping medication records, etc. Supervision of students during meal time, during special programs/classes, staffings, fieldtrips, loading and unloading of buses, yard duty, etc. Reinforcement of instruction to individuals and small groups in various situations and programs, tutoring, assisting with physical therapy, etc. Preparation of instructional materials, art projects, etc.

Classroom assistance will be required in preparing projects, supervising students, field trips, reinforcement of discipline, coordinate volunteer projects, Technology will be used to enhance instruction and aid in tasks assigned.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Sincerely interested in educating and working with exceptional children. Ability to understand written and oral instructions, to speak and write coherently, to keep records and make simple reports, and to work cooperatively and act professionally with other school personnel and parents.

Education, Experience and/or Certification/License Requirements:

Graduation from an accredited high school or completion of GED. Sixty (60) or more college credit hours or an Associate’s degree or higher from an accredited school or a passing score on the Para Pro exam required.

Work Context:

Requires sitting and some standing, walking and moving about to coordinate work. Requires face-to-face discussions and contact with individuals and/or teams. Requires the use of alternative communication systems, such as electronic mail, telephones and computers. Requires coordination of work tasks to establish priorities, set goals and meet deadlines. Requires work with students, parents, internal and external contacts, and with the public.

Physical Environment:

Requires working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions. Requires sitting for the majority of the day, and the ability to lift, carry, move and/or position objects frequently weighing up to 20 pounds, and infrequently weighing 40 pounds or more, with help as necessary.



Qualified applicants should email a current resume, educational philosophy/personal statement (in lieu of a cover letter), and three references to: careers@cypressjunction.org