Teacher Assistant Program (TA)
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Teacher Assistants 2016-2017

Windom’s Teaching Assistant Program

Windom hosts 6-8 teaching assistants (called TAs) for the school year.  Our TAs are native Spanish-speakers who have studied Education.  They typically have completed a teaching degree in their home country, and come to Windom to gain classroom experience and learn more about the American school system.  Recent TAs have been from Colombia, Mexico, Spain, and Uruguay.

The TAs add tremendous value to our school community!

IN THE CLASSROOM, our TAs…

·       Support classroom instruction and activities

·       Offer one on one support with students

·       Provide native Spanish exposure for students from various Spanish-speaking areas of the world.

IN OUR SCHOOL COMMUNITY, our TAs…

·       Support schoolwide events like Taste of Windom, Multicultural Day, and the Windom Carnival

·       Help to run afterschool programs like BLC and Robotics

·       Offer cultural exchange experiences for Windom families through hosting & sharing traditions

·       Bring their ideas, energy, and enthusiasm for children and teaching to benefit the entire Windom community               

 

Windom’s Commitment to the TA Program

The teaching assistant program is funded with contributions from the Windom PTO and the Windom Administrative budget. Since 2004, Windom has partnered with the Cultural Vistas Program to bring TAs to our school.  We also partner with the Spanish Consulate, which helps to support one TA per year.

 

INTERESTED IN BEING A HOST FAMILY?

Host families are critical to the success of the Windom TA program. TAs live with two host families during the school year, which are families with children at Windom (one for fall semester and one for spring semester).   To learn more about hosting a TA, contact our Teaching Assistant program coordinators:

                  Anne DiFiore (anne@terramaringredients.com /612-578-3479

                  Josephine Pufpaff  jipufpaff@gmail.com  /612.384.1448 

 

INTERESTED IN BEING A TA at WINDOM? 

TAs commit to being a part of the Windom community for one school year (September-June). They are provided housing and food, and paid a monthly stipend.  They also receive a winter clothing allowance and a pass for public transportation.  TAs provide their own flights to and from Minneapolis, Minnesota USA. 

The population of Windom school is 600 students ages 4-11, about half of which are native Spanish speakers. The other half began speaking Spanish when they started at the school. In the youngest grades instruction is 100% in Spanish, in upper grades its shifts to about half English and half Spanish.  

Minneapolis, Minnesota is the largest city in Minnesota in the northern United States.  You will experience all four seasons, with average temperatures at 80°F/ 25°C in summer, 60°F/ 15°C in spring/ fall, and 25°F/ -3°C in winter.  Minneapolis is the city of lakes and parks, with many miles of walking and biking trails and a vibrant arts community. View Fodor’s top ten reasons to visit Minneapolis here: http://www.fodors.com/news/top-10-reasons-1-4095

For more information on Windom’s International Teaching Assistant program and to start the application process, contact the school principal, Jim Clark at james.clark@mpls.k12.mn.us

 

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