how I got started | My interest in education began at this time
as I tutored students at the extended care program continuing over the
summer. As I transitioned into high school I was given the opportunity
to further develop my interest and skills in education. I made a
significant contribution to my local urban K-8 School and its
afterschool program. I adapted to my classroom by addressing these
special needs with various teaching styles. From trial and error and
communication between fellow tutors I was able to create individualized
learning methods for my students with specific learning disabilities. I
found that I had good instincts for meeting students' needs.
why this job?| My life experiences that have served as a
foundation for this graduate work go back to when I was an adolescent.
When I was in elementary school many of the students were from wealthy
socio economic backgrounds while I was not. My parents made many
sacrifices for me to be able to obtain the best education. At this time
it became very obvious that there was a disparity between the haves and
have nots students. It was even more obvious when it came to students
with special needs.
why I love this job!| 1. Helping students with special needs.
2. The daily challenges; there is no routine.
3. The fact that I have to give it my all, daily.
my typical day| Although I am a paraprofessional in the
classroom, I have the responsibility of a classroom teacher. I have my
own classroom in which I work extensively one on one with students.
During my general education classroom responsibilities I am able to
focus on my special education students without making it obvious that
they are special education students. I am conscious and sensitive to the
levels of self esteem my students have and, on a daily basis, I try to
what they are | Working with youth is as challenging as it is
rewarding; you take your work home with you, or at least you will for
the first few years. After some experience, however, you learn how to
meet the challenges, and reap the rewards.
all about growth | Right now, the demand for paraprofessionals in
the public sector depends almost wholly on the state budget, but there
always seems to be a consistent need for them.