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Instructional Assistant

Yellowstone Academy

Reports to:         Principal


Qualifications:    College degree preferred, but not required

                           Experience working with children in an educational setting


Organizational Overview

Founded in 2002, Yellowstone Academy is a unique Christian private school for 250 students in preK3 through 5th grade. At Yellowstone, we believe every student is born with purpose and destined for success. We inspire, empower, and invest in our students to achieve their highest potential and fulfill their intended purpose. As a faith-based private school, we serve students from communities where there is no access to strong educational opportunities. With an average class size of 16 to 18 children, our students experience a rich academic and co-curricular model, while receiving bus transportation, two meals a day, and access to a comprehensive student support program.


Yellowstone Academy operates on a beautiful Third Ward campus built in 1927 that is less than half a mile from downtown Houston. As part of its unique program, the Academy is co-located with Yellowstone College Prep, a public charter that is growing to serve students in 6th-8th grade. This innovative public/private model is the first of its kind in the state of Texas. These two schools will operate through a shared services agreement as they leverage the Academy’s 20 years of success and expand to serve nearly 750 students in pre-K through 12th grade by 2026.


Primary Responsibilities

  • Assisting the lead teacher with all elements of daily instruction in the classroom
  • Assisting with classroom management and behavior/discipline for the whole class, small groups of students, and individual student redirection
  • Assisting with the observation and evaluation of student’s academic and social/emotional growth and development
  • Assisting with the planning of lessons and preparation of classroom materials, activities, and centers (including making copies)
  • Assisting with movement to and from the classroom, including restroom breaks, time with specialists, recess, meals in the cafeteria, and other related activities
  • Monitoring and assisting in the cafeteria during meals
  • Assist with, plan, and facilitate intervention instruction as determined by the academic team
  • As needed and assigned, serve as the lead instructor or assistant for ancillary classes or other “specialist” blocks
  • As needed and assigned, serve as the substitute instructor for content classes
  • Assist with morning and/or afternoon arrival and dismissal duty
  • Perform other duties as required and assigned

Professional Growth and Development

  • Maintain a professional relationship with colleagues, students, parents, and community members.
  • Participate in staff development activities to improve job-related skills.
  • Keep informed of and comply with state and school regulations and policies for classroom teachers.
  • Attend and actively participate in faculty meetings and serve on staff committees as needed.
  • Participate in an instructional culture that values feedback, seeks out growth opportunities, fosters innovation, and always puts student achievement first.
  • Perform other duties as required and assigned.



Yellowstone Values

Every employee at Yellowstone is committed to our PRIDE values:


Positivity: At Yellowstone, we smile first. We are a positive presence on campus and extend a good-natured grace and enthusiasm in all personal interactions.


Responsibility: We follow through on our promises and commitments. We own our actions and will never settle for less than our best effort.  


Integrity: We demonstrate integrity in all circumstances and always put the best interests of the Yellowstone community first. We “walk the talk” and lead by example.   


Determination: We anticipate and overcome challenges. We are resilient in the face of obstacles and are committed to the success of every member of the Yellowstone community.  


Excellence: We hold everyone (families, students, colleagues) to the highest standard of excellence and constantly look for ways to enhance the Yellowstone experience.


Compensation and Benefits

Compensation will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Yellowstone Academy offers a competitive benefits package that includes medical (HSA), dental, and vision insurance, a SIMPLE IRA program with employer matching, supplemental life, short-term disability insurance, cancer, hospital, accident, EAP, wellness day off, and paid sick leave.


Application Process

To apply for this position, please complete an online application which can be accessed through the “employment” tab on the Yellowstone website at Yellowstone will notify candidates if they are selected for the next round of the application process.


Yellowstone Academy is a non-denominational Christian school and all employees must be professing Christians.  Yellowstone Academy does not refuse to hire and does not release any individual, or otherwise discriminate against any individual with respect to compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment because of the individual’s race, color, sex, or national or ethnic origin.  Nor does Yellowstone Academy limit, segregate, or classify its employees or applicants for employment opportunities or otherwise adversely affect the status as an employee because of the individual’s race, color, sex, and/or national/ethnic origin.

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