Paraprofessional for MS 85

  • Posted Date: Apr 19, 2022

Job Details

  • School Name: MS85 -The Young Women’s Leadership School of Staten Island
  • District: 31
  • School Site: The Evelyn King Campus, 45 Waverly Pl, Staten Island, NY, 10304
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School Vision

At MS85 -The Young Women’s Leadership School of Staten Island, students will be equipped to learn and create in this ever-changing world. Students will give back and inspire those around them by using what they have mastered. TYWLS scholars will leave a legacy because they will create and innovate to positively impact the people and communities that they encounter.

Mission Statement

MS85 -The Young Women’s Leadership School of Staten Island (TYWLS of Staten Island) was established to nurture the intellectual curiosity and creativity of young women and to address their developmental needs. Learning is dynamic and participatory, enabling students to experience great success on many levels, especially in science, mathematics, and technology.

Students of TYWLS of Staten Island will grow academically and emotionally into leaders of their school, community, and the world. TYWLS strives to work with families to instill in all students a sense of community, responsibility, and ethical principles of behavior- characteristics that will help to make them leaders of their generation. Through exposure to technology, engagement in community service, and participation in action-research and interdisciplinary projects, students will elevate their voice and take responsibility for their community. At TYWLS of Staten Island families are partners and together we will support the experience as each leader is cultivated in Staten Island.

TYWLS of Staten Island scholars will learn from every opportunity and in order to give them the ability to create. They will embody what it means to be a successful innovator with strong integrity.

School Slogan: Strong Integrity- Successful Innovation- Sustainable Impact

The TYWLS Staten Island Pledge

I have strong integrity.

I am a successful innovator.

I will have a sustainable impact.

A 9-day summer planning institute will offer an essential opportunity for staff to be involved in developing the school’s culture and instructional program. Additionally, the school will offer opportunities for paraprofessionals to participate in:

  • After school and/or Saturday tutoring, enrichment, sports, arts, and family programs
  • In-house school committees and/or special programs.

Advance notice of dates will be supplied, and those who participate will be compensated according to the terms of the UFT contract. Staff participation in these activities is voluntary, although strongly encouraged, as they are very important to the development of the school.


UFT Paraprofessionals hired after 2004 must have a Level 1 NYSED Teaching Assistant Certificate. UFT Paraprofessionals hired before 2004 currently on DOE payroll are eligible for this position.


Because roles in small schools are varied and complex, serious consideration will be given to applicants who demonstrate in their resume and cover letter experience and/or willingness to commit to the school’s mission and core beliefs and to become involved in these essential aspects:

  • Working within a non-traditional school schedule and organization structure that meets the needs of English Language learners and students requiring special education services
  • Supporting students in the classroom
  • Contributing to student observation and documentation files
  • Collaborating with individual teachers and teacher teams to provide targeted, small group and one-on-one instructional support to students
  • Working with teachers to implement an integrated curriculum and student-centered environment
  • Collaborating with teachers to create a learning environment where students’ emotional and social needs are met through conflict resolution, peer mediation, collaborative learning, team building activities, etc.
  • Seeking professional growth experiences, and contributing to the professional growth of colleagues


The successful candidate will demonstrate:

  • Willingness to carry out the above duties and responsibilities
  • Ability to assist teachers in implementing reading and writing strategies in daily lessons
  • Ability to assist teachers in implementing mathematical and scientific strategies in daily lessons
  • Ability to work with classroom teachers to implement collaborative learning activities
  • Strong student management skills
  • Ability to professionally and effectively communicate orally and in writing with colleagues and students
  • Ability to work in teams and collaborate and support school wide initiatives to support student engagement and learning
  • Commitment to continuous professional growth (i.e. professional development, formal education, outside reading)
  • Experience or willingness to learn how to support the use of technology in the classroom to improve student learning
  • Ability to assist teachers in all independent, partner, group and whole class projects, work and activities
  • Excellent attendance, punctuality and organizational skills

In addition to the cover letter, resume, and interview, applicants must present three references including, if possible, one from a current supervisor. Other references might include a colleague with whom the applicant has collaborated, and/or a professional organization or staff development representative.


As per Collective Bargaining Agreement

An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D

It is the policy of the Department of Education of the City of New York to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to actual or perceived race, color, religion, creed, ethnicity, national origin, alienage, citizenship status, age, marital status, partnership status, disability, sexual orientation, gender(sex), military status, unemployment status, caregiver status, consumer credit history, prior record of arrest or conviction(except as permitted by law), predisposing genetic characteristics, or status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual offenses and stalking, and to maintain an environment free of harassment on any of the above - noted grounds, including sexual harassment or retaliation. For more information, please refer to the DOE Non - Discrimination Policy.