PARA DOING THE JOBS OF A TEACHER

I JUST WANTED TO SAY THAT LAST YEAR THE PARAS IN MY SCHOOL WORKED AS SUBSTITUES AND TEACHERS. I PERSONALLY WAS IN A ANOTHER ROOM TEACHING 3 STUDENTS. SINCE THESE WERE SPECIAL ED STUDENTS I HAD TO MAKE ACCOMADATIONS FOR THEM. I WAS NOT GETTING PAID EXTRA FOR DOING THIS. THIS GOES ON A LOT AT MY SCHOOL. THE PEOPLE IN CHARGE WANT US TO DO EVERYTHING BUT THEY ARE NOT WILLING TO PAY US FOR IT.

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totally agree

Yes we do just as much if not more!!! The pay is barely a third of what a teacher makes. It is shocking at what we are required to do or asked to do and yet get treated like low life and paid that way as well.

Unfair pay

We do more than a teacher!!! Our pay is only a third of what a new teacher makes and a sixth of what a seasoned teacher makes. Yes, teachers may have a higher degree than paras, but we do deserve a living salary for attaining an Associates Degree, too! How can paraprofessional reach an appropriate income across the country? Our new campaign should read " NO PARAS LEFT BEHIND " !!! We deserve an appropriate living, too!

it is not about the $$$

Jwelborn

You have to really like your job to do what we do. Maybe it is the hrs. off every weekend, every holiday, all summer. Maybe it is the people you are around, the learning enviorment, maybe you just feel like you are making a contribution to our society. Whatever the case I can assure you that you are not doing this job for the money. As for being yoyo'd around, I got so use to doing everything last year at a school that was pre-k through 12th that I am bored to death at the highschool level. Let yourself be used if it will benefit someone whether it be a student or a faculty member. Nothing you do will go unrewarded. Good luck to you. Hang in there! Good Job!

Jwelborn

I doubt it is the summers

I doubt it is the summers off... I work at a program that runs year round.