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Anyone else already exhausted. I love my kids but I work at a behaviors school and I focus in autism. I'm underpaid and I had to use my restraint training today. Educators and school staff should… more

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Any Paras in California? What’s your pay? And how long have you been in the mental health field?

I have been on a doctors leave. I have used all of my sick day and FMLA. My school said I have to resign if doctor doesn’t release me after my appointment 5/12 my doctor wrote a lettter that said … more

Happy Teacher's and STAFF appreciation week!!! You matter!!!! Have a great week!!! Blessings and LOVE!!!

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I had surgery 3 weeks ago, almost 4 and the doctor has released me to go back to work sinc either was a work injury. I definitely don't feel ready and feel my knee isn't good enough for the st… more

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Do you ever consider becoming a teacher? If you didn’t have a job as paraprofessional what job would you do?

I want to say I love working at my school, but I'm a little frustrated. Yesterday was bus driver appreciation and the teachers went outside after school to hold signs for them, amazing right? Tod… more

I will say this I love working with the students . I love getting to know them . I smile to myself when I go to work . I still feel this way after last week being asked my three different people about… more

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I just wanted to say good morning and this is my first time on Fish Bowl.

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Although summer vacation is about over for some of us, what do you do as summer jobs (to get by when school is out)?

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I work with a classroom of Middle School ED students. One student, who I worked with the year before, has changed alot over the year. Last year (pre COVID), she had a good head on her shoulders and I thought I had good rapor… more

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I love my job and have been doing it for years. My Principal is good to me as well! The problem is...the Paraprofessionals at my school are never recognized. You have Teachers Day, Secretaries Day, Pr… more

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What are your summer plans?

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Hello everyone. Only 3 days left of school. It’s been a tough and draining year.

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Does your school have a summer accelerated program? If so, how much does paras get paid?

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Hello, my name is Judith. I have been a paraprofessional for 41 years with Duluth Public Schools. I am also the Chairperson for our bargain ing unit

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I have been in my position for 27 years and have never seen such a state of affairs as I have this year (but then, with the pandemic, who has, right?) Well, long story short, we've gone hybrid (so… more

So...seems like shut downs are headed our ways. Why are schools requiring us to come in? I worked for multiple teachers last shut down, and honestly went above and beyond any other para in our build… more

I am on the verge of getting my certification to become a special education teacher, cold someone tell help me find a place that can help with my resume

Hello, I am Tia and I am a paraprofessional at a high school in VA. Ive been a paraeducator for 5 years

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How I love my school

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Anyone else's district distance learning? How are you feeling about it?

Hello :) If your county is returning with ONLINE ONLY, have you been told your roll, or even IF you have a job to start? We are a week out and the support staff has zero information on the return plan… more

For my curiosity, how much are you paid? Do you feel as though it is an appropriate amount for our job?
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PK Para, $1,200/m, no breaks, 22 students(our school breaks down yearly check to pay summer)

A paraprofessional's job is more than just waiting for instructions for the teacher. What would you do if they were yours? It's common sense!

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Anybody else out there getting a boatload of emails, but none of them pertain to you? All of the emails are geared towards returning teachers and the only thin the paras know is our start date.

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