What do you do? Special Education Paraeducators

I was a long term sub here at Madison. I then became a full-time paraeducator. That’s where the majority of paraeducators
start, subbing and seeing what is the best environment for you. I got into this as a side job when my kids
started school. You get your summers and your weekends and your vacations off so you’re not worrying about childcare. And when I was in the classroom I fell in love with the people that were working there and the kids. One day can be a really rough day and we can
have a lot of behaviors. And the next day, it’s amazing, and the kids are on and they make us laugh and we make them laugh. Stacey treats us as equals. If we have ideas for the kids that we think
might work she hears us out, she decides yes or no – a lot of times she decides yes – and
it’s just, it works really well. You definitely have to have, you know, thick
skin when it comes to verbal things that kids say to you and, you know, aggression. But I truly think that if you love this area
of work then all of that goes away. Some of the challenges are some of the behaviors,
but they do give us right response training, teaching us on how to help deescalate a child
before they get to that crisis mode. If you become a paraeducator, you love what you do. And that’s why I’m still here. I just absolutely adore what I do. I love watching the kids come in and they
may be low, they may not be able to sit, and by the time they’re with us for even a few
days they blossom and become amazing people.

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