Governor Mark Dayton has designated this week as Minnesota Para Professional Week. Because of this proclamation, we set aside this week to say thank you for the excellent work done by our Education Assistants, Education Interpreters and Parent Child Specialists.
Each day, activities in the classroom, gym, lunchroom and job sites are carefully guided by our 415 para professionals in District 287. Twenty-four are Education Interpreters, 15 are Parent Child Specialists and 378 are Education Assistants. (click on photo at left) (read more)
We asked some of our principals to tell us about their Para Professional staff.
“Our students begin each day with a positive welcome from Education Assistants standing at the door. And, during the day, when things are difficult, EAs develop relationships with students as they talk about making good choices, problem solving and what each student can do to get closer to graduation.” -Jayne Tiedemann, South Ed Center Alternative
“Our Para Professionals are the pulse of NEC. Job Coaches are an excellent example. Each day students experience on-the-job work training as they learn about the appropriate dress, customer relations, and priorities. I see this in the Jitterbug Coffee Shop, ATTAIN Lab, Classroom Resource Center and building operations. WOW!” -Amy Sward, North Ed Center
“The characteristic that makes EAs the most amazing is their ability to build positive relationships with students. They use this rapport to help students increase their independence and better reach their potential.” -Jody Delau, West Ed Center
“Para Professionals, in general, are partners with our licensed staff. This partnership provides the best programs for enhancing our students’ learning. Our EAs give freely of their knowledge, and are committed to our students." -Renee Soule-Chapman, Edgewood Ed Center
“I am proud that our Para Professionals provide instructional support in the Read 180 Program and other classroom settings. By understanding the student’s challenges, they are able to assist in small groups, one-on-one and during class time. That means we have student progress!” -Tonya Allen, North Ed Center Alternative
Congratulations Para Professionals! Thank you for all you do! Collapse this story