Paraeducator Diane Sangelo Given a Thank You on Oprah

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Diane Sangelo worked with Rago Blair's son Isaac Rago from grade school all the way up through high school. She developed a special bond with Isaac over the years as she helped him to go from a wheelchair to walking on his own and learning basic sign language to communicate. Her devotion has extended beyond the classroom, spending time with Isaac on weekends and even taking him to summer camp.

Isaac's mother, Jeana Rago Blair wanted to say thank you and submitted a short essay about her son's paraeducator to the Oprah Winfrey Show. The show responded with tickets for both of them to attend Oprah's "Favorite Things" show where Oprah handed out thousands of dollars worth of merchandise to everyone in attendance including an iPad and a new car.

Here's a great quote from this article:

"She has a gift for seeing the potential these kids can make in society," Rago Blair said. "My son would not be the young man he is today without her in his life."

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Who knows, maybe the so

Who knows, maybe the so called "aides" will get a big break. After years under poverty line salaries.....

Para gets recognition

I totally agree! Paraprofessional / paraeducator salaries are poverty, non-livable wages nationwide. Sadly so, but the gifts they give are priceless.

Aide/paraprofessional salaries

I agree that we are paid below poverty wages.  My husband lost his job in September and I have all ready spent all of our savings just to keep the bills paid.  I cannot afford to pay my medical bills.  I am having to look for a second job because I am afraid I am going to loose my house.  If I pay all of my bills I have no money left for groceries.  I work very hard and am never given any credit for any thing I do.