Independent, Catholic Elementary Schools Serving Chicago's Children Since 1876

Mission Statement

Sacred Heart Schools on Sheridan Road-the Academy of the Sacred Heart for Girls (founded in 1876) and Hardey Preparatory for Boys (founded in 1935)-are independent, Catholic, single-sex elementary schools committed to academic excellence within the context of a Christian community. Sacred Heart Schools welcomes students of all races, religious beliefs and socio-economic backgrounds. This educational mission is deeply rooted in the 200-year tradition of the Society of the Sacred Heart and shared with the Network of Sacred Heart Schools located on every major continent, including 24 schools in the United States and Canada.

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Preschool Teaching Assistant
Title:Preschool Teaching Assistant
Department:Primary School

Title: Early Childhood Teaching Assistant                              Classification: Exempt

Department: Primary School                                                      Status: Full-Time, Ten Month

School Day: 7:30 am – 3:30 pm                                                  Reports to: Preschool Director

Sacred Heart Schools is seeking an Early Childhood Teaching Assistant for the Primary School whose chief responsibility will be to work within the scope of the Goals and Criteria of Sacred Heart education to support the educational mission of Sacred Heart Schools. The Early Childhood Teaching Assistant is a member of the Primary School Division and is responsible for assisting the Lead Teacher in the early childhood classroom.

Position Overview:

The Early Childhood Teaching Assistant will assist the Lead Teacher in one or more classrooms directly working with preschool age students. The ideal candidate will assist and be responsible for direction and overall supervision of a group of preschool children. Performs activities that ensure the safety, involvement, and creativity of each individual in the group. Works cooperatively with the lead teacher to discuss and aide in the implementation of daily plans in accordance with the current curriculum, incorporating D.A.P. (Developmentally Appropriate Practice) and the ISELS (Illinois State Early Learning Standards.)




  • Share responsibility in the preparation of daily plans and the preparation of teaching materials
  • Acquire knowledge of the current curriculum and implement the curriculum practices in the classroom
  • Conduct daily small-group activities for an assigned group of children, sharing responsibility for large-group activities and using appropriate adult/child interactions strategies with all children
  • Assume responsibility for a classroom at any given time
  • Collects required anecdotes and information for required ongoing assessments
  • Participate in parent-teacher conferences
  • Provide coverage for breaks for other faculty members
  • Supervise daily lunch, outdoor classroom activities, rest time and co-curricular classes
  • Promote individualized attention for children as needed
  • Work with teaching teams in collaboration as needed
  • Assist with toilet needs, meal service, record keeping and housekeeping
  • Possesses personal attributes needed to develop trusting relationships with children and adults. Such attributes include: Interactions expressive of genuine warmth and concern for children as well as an understanding of their developmental needs
  • Respect for children’s ideas, feelings, abilities and differences
  • Insights into and tolerance for the range of age appropriate behavior
  • Ability to assume needed duties and responsibilities without supervision
  • Ability to use discretion in communications with parents in the teacher's absence
  • Ability to move and react quickly and to handle emergencies effectively
  • Ability to accept changes in schedules, environment, etc.



  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • Experience with early childhood educators preferred
  • Fluency in another language is a plus, but not required

Sacred Heart Schools is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability or handicap, veteran status, marital status or any other classification protected by law.

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