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, Principal's Day, etc. Paraprofessional Day comes and goes at my school every year with nothing mentioned to us. Paraprofessionals in my department (Sped) wear many hats on certain days and work extremely hard (mentally/physical)! Does anyone else get this treatment?

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Sad, but true. We do all the work, get paid less, & literally are treated the worst.

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I never heard of paraprofessional day

My school never really does anything for this day but they will do something for everyone during teacher appreciation week.

Our district does not acknowledge it but Paras are fully included during teacher appreciation week and get the same treatment as any other educator.

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