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Jocelyne Adkins

Teaching Assistant

Job Description:

The Teaching Assistant position is a wonderful opportunity for those who love art and enjoy working with children. Preferred applicants have experience in 3 of the following studio arts: drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture and fiber arts. Additionally, the ideal candidate will be both caring and comfortable helping children problem solve, in relation to a project or by encouraging pro-social behavior when children experience disagreements. Promoting safety, especially covid safety protocols in the classroom and at play (indoors or on the playground), is one of the Teaching Assistant’s most important priorities.

The Teaching Assistant will greet children as they enter the room; take attendance; notify the Program Director of children who are absent (or in her absence, phone the office and parents to verify children who are absent); supervise restroom use, and the movement of children from the classroom to outdoor play; supervise snack and children during outdoor play and indoor free play (during inclement weather); help to organize and distribute supplies for certain projects; work with the Program Director to facilitate a variety of activities with a focus on art; demonstrate techniques; teach skills; facilitate clean-up; escort children to parents at child pick-up; and be willing to assist in other capacities that will facilitate the safe and efficient delivery of the program.

Days and Times:

Part-time: M, T, TH, F: 2:50 - 6:20pm; W: 2:20 – 6:20pm

Optional: Summer Camp Teaching Assistance (1 week) mid July 18, 2022 - August 5, 2022 morning and/or afternoon sessions.

Other Information:

1. Location is at Beye Elementary School in Oak Park, IL

2. Accessible via the CTA Green line

3. Candidates must be willing to submit to a background check and to be First Aid Certified. 


1. Excellent rapport with children (enthusiastic, patient, nurturing, attentive)

2. Strong work ethic (punctual, dedicated, engaged, focused)

3. Successful completion of high school and 2 years college coursework in visual art OR can demonstrate ability in one or more of these areas

4. Strong interpersonal skills and willingness to work as part of a team

5. Ability to climb 3 flights of stairs, with frequency, during child pick-up

Interested individuals may send an email with resume and cover letter that specifically addresses the ways in which they meet the above qualifications to Jocelyne Adkins, Program Director, at Based upon the quality of the responses and the qualifications of the applicant, individuals will be selected to interview.

By Discovery is a program of the Beye PTO that offers children opportunities for growth and exploration through creative project-based learning in art

Job Type: Permanent
Location: Oak Park, IL