Special Education Aide - San Antonio, TX

Great Hearts America
San Antonio, TX
Teaching Assistant or Aide
$20k - $25k
Special Education
Kindergarten - 5th

Company Description

Great Hearts is a growing, multi-state network of 33 public, open-enrollment charter schools, committed to provide a high-quality, classical liberal arts education to more than 20,000 K-12 students in both Texas and Arizona.

At Great Hearts, our Special Education Teachers and Coordinators are integral members of our faculty, participating in all faculty-wide events and PD, and also bringing the specialized expertise that is necessary for the success of all our students. Great Hearts aims to serve all students within our special education population in a manner that affirms and reflects their dignity and rightful participation within the larger student body and academy. Through consultation, resource, inclusion, and co-teaching models, the Special Education team provides essential support, following an Individualized Education Plan, to ensure each student is served in the least restrictive environment possible.

Position Description

Primary Purpose: Assist the Special Education teacher in general daily classroom activities, helping students with disabilities by assisting with their instructional, physical, emotional health and safety needs, affirming their abilities and promoting dignity in all relationships.

Qualifications: Education/Certification:

  • High School Diploma


  • Prior experience working with children, preferred

Special Knowledge/Skills:

  • Ability to work with students with disabilities Ability to follow verbal and written instructions Effective communication skills

  • Self-Motivated

Major Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Assist SPED teacher with classroom and preparation of materials

  • Assist with physical safety, emotional, social and educational needs of children

  • Assist students with physical disabilities according to their needs, including transferring to and from wheelchairs, lifting, or positioning

  • Assist students with physical needs and personal care.

  • Help manage behavior of students, including intervening in crisis situations, as needed.

  • Work with individual students and/or small groups to conduct learning exercises assigned by the teacher.

  • Help supervise students throughout the school day, inside and outside the classroom.

  • Maintain confidentially.

  • Keep teacher informed of any special needs or problems of individual students.

  • Participates in staff development training programs, faculty meetings, seminars, and special events, as assigned.

  • Comply with all attendance guidelines and policies of the district.

  • Work effectively with other staff members.

  • Arrives to work on time daily.

  • Maintain proper professional appearance.

  • Perform other duties as assigned by lead teacher and administrators.

Personal Qualities & Values

Passionately Committed With humility and curiosity, we seek to know more about our core purpose; seek to share (with each other and with others externally as an advocate); seek to live the mission ourselves with relentless pursuit and intrinsic motivation; seek to understand our work and how it serves the mission…which should result in getting the right stuff done with measurable results because we love actualization – not just the theory

Servant’s Heart The foundational element of having a servant’s heart is the acknowledgement of inherent dignity in their fellow human. Someone with a servant’s heart believes that their work is to promote the development of those around them and make it possible for others to be successful in serving the mission of the organization.

Team Player We believe our mission can only be accomplished through collaboration and receive true joy in being a part of something greater than ourselves; Each of us is one part of a whole, each with different roles, expertise and responsibilities; working together in synchronicity.


Great Hearts offers a very competitive benefits package and overall compensation will be commensurate with talent, experience and education.