Special Education Paraprofessional, Thornton, CO - February 17, 2017
As a special education paraprofessional, the job description makes it sound as though you will mostly be a teacher's aide. You must have college experience to do your job but the background doesn't necessary have to be related. In my particular classroom, the bulk of the work is done by the paras. The instruction is given by us, the curriculum is implemented by us, the tests are administered by us, and so on. In addition to taking on the role of a certified teacher (which we are not), there are various medical needs and behaviors that really require the students to have more support than they receive. Unfortunately, it is difficult in this particular building to really get through to administration just how difficult the position can be. They expect a lot from us but don't give us the proper resources OR keep our classrooms fully staffed. Ultimately, determine if you truly have a passion for special needs children before pursuing that type of position in this district. If you aren't okay with basically taking on the role of the teacher and then some, you may want to rethink taking this position. The kids are phenomenal and all the want is someone to treat them like a normal kid. They deserve better resources and support.