Job Details

Special Education Teaching Assistant

Company name
YES Preparatory Public Schools

Houston, TX, United States

Employment Type


Posted on
Feb 06, 2020

Valid Through
May 21, 2020


Special Education Teaching Assistant


Special Education


Houston, TX



Teaching Assistant, Special Education


Campus School Director, Lead Special Education Teacher




: 10-month 


  YES Prep Gulfton


Across the nation, only half of all students from low-income communities graduate from high school and only 10% earn a college degree. Even though 84% of their students are economically disadvantaged, YES Prep

provides evidence that different outcomes are possible. Ninety-seven (97%) of YES Prep alumni matriculate to college within one year and alumni like Eddie Zapata

are earning their college degrees at four times the rate of their peers with similar socioeconomic backgrounds. How do they do this? Each of YES Prep’s 18 campuses

serves 6th-12th graders like Monique Bowie

. Students typically enter YES Prep one or more grade levels behind but quickly find themselves on a different life trajectory as a result of transformative relationships with teachers and leaders and access to excellent educational opportunities.

As the first minority-majority city, Houston’s schools cannot keep up with demand from students like Eddie and Monique. Houston is the 4th largest city (on track to become the 3rd), and this booming population translates into 7,000 families on YES Prep’s waitlist.


Prep’s student enrollment is estimated to grow from 12,600 to 17,000, between now and 2023.


Prep needs a dynamic and diverse Teaching Assistant to make our mission a reality.

As a YES Prep employee, you will achieve jaw-dropping results, create pathways to opportunity for our students, build transformative relationships, and eliminate educational inequities to advance social justice. To put it simply, you will work under the supervision of the Special Education Teacher(s) to provide instructional and behavioral support for students with special needs. The Teaching Assistant will work one-on-one with a student with significant needs, including medical needs.


We seek staff with diverse backgrounds, talents, interests, and ideas to meet the needs of our growing body of students. Certain traits consistently shine through for our most successful employees: passion for the mission, drive for results, care for students, resilience, and humility.

When you join the YES Prep team, some of the exciting work will include:

Assist Special Education Teacher(s) with the supervision of students in all instructional settings;

Assist Special Education Teacher(s) with behavior management techniques by demonstrating, modeling, and positively reinforcing desired behaviors;

Maintain data as identified by teacher(s) and/or Behavior Intervention Plan;

Assist in tailoring lessons to an individual student’s needs;

Support Special Education teacher(s) with lesson plans by practicing and reinforcing learning concepts and assisting students in reaching goals;

Assist students in performing self-help and academic skills;

Assist with administration and scoring of tests and work assignments;

Assist Special Education Teacher(s) with implementation of accommodations and/or modifications;

Adapt classroom activities, assignments and/or materials to support and reinforce classroom objectives;

Monitor students during transition times throughout the school day, inside and outside of the classroom; and

Additional duties as assigned.


High School diploma

Current Educational Aide certification or must obtain certification within one year

Interest in working one-on-one with a student with significant needs, including medical needs

Ability to physically assist students with self-help, mobility, academic and behavioral skills

Belief in and commitment to the mission and core value of YES Prep Public Schools

Openness to giving and receiving frequent feedback

Demonstrated ability to work on a team

Ability to juggle multiple tasks and initiatives at once

Ability to maintain emotional control under stress

Frequent prolonged and irregular hours of duty, including evenings and weekends


As the Teaching Assistant, you will join a warm and welcoming Special Education team at YES Prep Gulfton.

YES Prep teams understand they are setting the example for how their students experience their YES Prep education and want to make sure it feels like a second home to them. Teams are obsessed with improving themselves because they know that living the core values

translates directly into stronger results and college access for all students.



–This position is a non-exempt, hourly position; our hourly offers commensurate with experience. 

Health and Supplemental Insurance

–  A $0.00 medical option that includes $600 towards a Health Savings Account, in addition to a variety of supplemental benefits including Dental, Vision, Short and Long Term Disability, Pet Insurance, Life, etc. 

Retirement Plans

 – Participation in  Teacher

Retirement System of Texas

 and a  457 Retirement Plan

Paid Time Off–

1 days of Paid Time Off in addition to the system closures of our  Academic Calendar

Paid Leave Programming 

– In the event you need to be out due to a medical reason, YES Prep offers up to 12 weeks of full paid leave 

Professional Development 

- YES Prep values longevity and performance over time through our  Commit to Five

 program. We invest in developing leaders through high-quality programs, effective coaching, and ongoing  professional development

Award Winning


The strong cultures of our campuses and Home Office are just one of many reasons we were named  Houston’s Best Place to work

 in 2018. We won the? 2012 Broad Prize for Excellence in Urban Education?

and were a 2016 finalist as well.  


YES Prep strives to recruit a diverse team of leaders. We believe there is a transformative academic and social benefit for students when their teachers and leaders reflect a diversity of backgrounds. Ninety-seven percent (97%) of staff members agree that the organization provides a welcoming environment given their background and identity according to our latest system survey. 

YES Prep is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, national origin, disability, age, marital status, military status, pregnancy, or parenthood. 


If this sounds like your just right job, please  apply here

. If you are not sure this opportunity is for you, are simply curious, or know someone who would be perfect, please reach out to our Talent Acquisition team to be connected to a recruiter at


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