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Para-Educator for a Day

May 9, 2013

Earlier this week I had the opportunity to “sub” for a Para-Educator at Saline High School.  It was part of a raffle where staff who donated to the “Kids Against Hunger” program had their names in a drawing to have me do their job for a day.

The day began with supervision duties at 7:30am, followed by swimming activities (no I did not get in the pool) for first hour, academic support for second hour, individual academic support for third & fourth hour, and supporting students in the Culinary Arts program during fifth hour.  I quickly remembered there is very little down time when you are working directly with students!

The best part of the day was getting the chance to meet exceptional students who are working to learn the skills necessary to be successful as they enter adulthood.  It was inspiring to see the students I was working with, many of whom had significant challenges, striving to learn and doing it with great enthusiasm.

It was also a great chance to see how the staff – teachers, para-educators, administrators and support staff all work together to support our students.  I was very impressed by the professionalism, dedication and sincere interest in meeting the needs the students that was displayed in each of their classrooms.

Thank you to the students and staff for putting up with me for the day!

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