Chicopee Public Schools
Employment Opportunities


Szetela Early Childhood Ctr
Chicopee Public Schools
Chicopee, Massachusetts

Job Details
Job ID: 3515941 Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
Posted: May 4, 2021 Starting Date: August 26, 2021

Job Description
General Duties and Instruction

1. Under the direction of the classroom teacher, support student instruction in academic, social, and motor skills through the delivery and assessment of the district curriculum. This support may include, but is not limited to, the following duties:

Work with individuals or small groups of students,

Diaper and attend to toileting needs, as necessary,

Administer, correct and communicate basic analysis of student assessments,

Utilize the conclusions derived from assessment analysis in subsequent instruction,

Instruct students on rules of conduct and expected behaviors

Bring academic, social, and motor issues to the attention of the classroom teacher,

May update parents or guardians of their student's academic performance and behavior at classroom teacher's request,

Support class objectives and outlines that align with the district approved curriculum,

Maintain records, attendance, and assessments as required by the classroom teacher,

Assist in preparation of classroom materials

Assist in the delivery of differentiated instruction in an appropriate manner consistent with district curriculum,

Provide timely feedback to the classroom teacher regarding student progress in academic, social and motor skills, and

Assist students with activities of daily living.

2.Is trained or willing to be trained by the Chicopee Public Schools in the knowledge and performance areas identified for the specific assignment (e.g., Workshops on Early Childhood Education).

3.Work independently by appropriately using the directions given by the classroom teacher.

4.Demonstrate the dependability, time management, as well as the receptive and expressive communication skills, to effectively perform the assignment.

5.Build on strengths and act on suggestions in areas needing improvement.

6.Possess the ability to be flexible and adapt quickly to new situations and an ever-changing educational environment.

7.Demonstrate sound judgment.

8.Maintain effectively, professional working relationships with others (e.g., paraprofessionals, teachers, staff, parents, guardians, administrators, etc).

9.Resolve conflict well, and seek assistance when appropriate.

10.Under the direction of the classroom teacher, strive to maintain a learning environment that is both physically and emotionally safe.

11. As appropriate, assist in the communication and enforcement of federal and state laws and regulations, as well as district policies and procedures.

12. Other duties as assigned by the principal, school administration or superintendent of schools.

ADA & Minimum Qualifications to Perform Essential Job Functions

Physical Requirements: Must be physically able to operate a variety of equipment including, but not limited to: computers, copiers, adding machines, etc. Must be able to occasionally exert up to 10 pounds of force and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to lift, carry, push, and pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Must be able to stand, crouch and bend over for a long period of time at intervals throughout the day.

Data Conception: Requires the ability to compare and/or judge the readily observable, functional, structural or composite characteristics (whether similar or divergent from obvious standards) of data, people or things.

Interpersonal Communication: Requires the ability to speak and/or signal people to convey or exchange information. Includes giving instructions, assignments or directions to subordinates or assistants.

Language Ability: Requires the ability to read a variety of correspondence including, but not limited to: reports, forms, newsletters, schedules, manuals, invoices, requisitions, menus, recipes, journals, etc. Requires the ability to prepare correspondence, reports, forms, evaluations, procedures, charts, surveys, articles, bid specifications, brochures, news releases, handbooks, budgets, etc. Using prescribed formats and conforming to all rules of punctuation, grammar, diction, and style. Requires the ability to speak before groups of people with poise, voice control and confidence.

Intelligence: Requires the ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions; to interpret a wide variety of instructions in mathematical or diagrammatic form; and to deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

Verbal Aptitude: Requires the ability to record and deliver information, explain procedures, to follow oral and written instructions. Must be able to understand and communicate in various technical or professional languages, including medical, legal, accounting and marketing terminology.

Numerical Aptitude: Requires the ability to utilize mathematical formulas; to add and subtract; multiply and divide; utilize decimals and percentages; and to apply the principles of basic mathematics, algebra and geometry.

Form/Spatial Aptitude: Requires the ability to inspect items for proper length, width and shape.

Motor Coordination: Requires the ability to coordinate hands and eyes rapidly and accurately in using office equipment and assisting students in activities of daily living.

Manual Dexterity: Requires the ability to handle various items such as office equipment and hand tools. Must have minimal levels of eye/hand/foot coordination.

Interpersonal: Requires the ability to deal with people beyond giving and receiving instructions. Must be adaptable to performing under stress and when confronted with emergencies.

Physical Communication: Requires the ability to talk and hear: (Talking: expressing or exchanging ideas by means of spoken words.

Hearing: perceiving nature of sounds by ear.) Must be able to communicate via the telephone. Must be able to use communication boards and devices to communicate with students as required.

Position Type: Full-time
Positions Available: 3

Welcome to Szetela Early Childhood Ctr!

Our School is an integrated language based preschool program that services young children with special needs and their peers. Classrooms are set up as learning centers in which well educated and knowledgeable teachers facilitate learning, communication, and socialization. We use a multi-sensory approach. Children are encouraged to experiment and explore using the provided materials to solve problems, create, and make their own discoveries. We use the Scholastic Early Childhood Program. This is a comprehensive theme unit curriculum that combines teacher directed instruction with child centered explorations. It has a flexible, easy-to-use curriculum that fosters cognitive and social/emotional development. This program meets all the Massachusetts State Frameworks for Preschool.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Chicopee Public Schools is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws.

Job Requirements
REQUIRED MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS 1.Associates or Bachelor's degree preferred. 2.Bilingual (Spanish/English) preferred. 3.Previous experience preferred.
  • At least 1 year of relevant experience preferred
  • Associate degree preferred
  • Citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States required

  • Application Questions
    This employer has requested that all applicants answer the following questions. It is highly recommended that you type any essays in a word processing program, save them, and then paste them on the proceeding job application page.
    1. APPLICANTS WHO DO NOT GIVE A THOUGHTFUL ANSWER TO THE FOLLOWING QUESTION WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED (IN HOUSE CANDIDATES ARE EXEMPT) Please describe in a few sentences how you would deal with a difficult student.
    Short Essay (Answer limited to 600 characters, including spaces)

    Contact Information
    Janet Reid, Principal Szetela School
    66 Macek Drive
    Chicopee, Massachusetts 01020
    Phone: 413-594-3597
    Fax: 413-594-3596