“If you think that teachers are underpaid (which, let’s be real, we are), let me tell you who is really underpaid: paraprofessionals. They make a fraction of what teachers do, yet they are asked to do so much more than they are paid for.” My mother was a teacher’s aide in the Mayfield School District (Cleveland) for 21 years. This was for a special hearing impaired program. She worked with most of the same children from elementary school through high school. ( deaf and multi handicapped from the “Rubella Bulge” in the late ‘60’s. She loved it! Never complained and enjoyed the wonderful teachers and therapists she worked with. It was her calling.
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They offered us a 3.1 and now the district wants to give us a 1.3 how is that possible and insurance went up I don’t even know what they’ve offered us now I couldn’t go to the meeting have a verse or more of us than half couldn’t go to the meeting that is scheduled at 4 o’clock most of us were still working how can I schedule a meeting to go when we can’t go and that was the union it sucks we need to get a media attention now not tomorrow not yesterday now. Yes the years I have worked in the school system I have worked with some of the Best paraprofessionals!!
Para Educators are asked to do things no one else will do for their students. Underpaid, under appreciated, disrespected and expected to be nurses, yes RNs with some of the procedures we had to do everyday, multiple times a day. Huge liability and no support. Retired after injuries from students. Grossly underpaid. Forever impairment. Having worked in the office in an elementary school for 21 years I can attest to these “angels” being some of the most important people in the school.
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I worked as a Para for 10 years. I absolutely loved the children I worked with. And I like most Paras did it for the kids, not for the money. I loved being their advocate and making sure that they got what they needed to succeed. After ten years I decided to make a change only because of the ack of support from the administration. Unfortunately, not all teachers are as supportive of their paras either. I loved most of my time as a para and I loved all of the kids I worked with. After 25+ years in corporate marketing, I have found a “home” as an Aide in a Kindergarten class. It’s been almost a year and I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else…I believe I am exactly where I’m supposed to be at this point in my life.