January 23-29 is Paraprofessional Appreciation week all across Minnesota. At Pierz Schools, we are fortunate to have over 40 paraprofessionals supporting our students and teachers—in the classrooms, hallways, lunchrooms, playgrounds, and busses—sometimes leading the way and sometimes behind the scenes. Being a para is a challenging job–but it comes with all kinds of benefits:
“The most rewarding aspect of being a paraprofessional at Healy High School is working with students and assisting them in achieving their goals and fulfilling their full potential. I enjoy building relationships with both staff members and students within the Pierz Schools District as we are very fortunate to have such an amazing group of people within our community.”
“I never imagined it could be as rewarding as it is. Those moments when the student looks me in the eye and I feel like I am making a connection, it just melts my heart.”
What does it take to be a paraprofessional? They are good listeners, compassionate (but fair), motivating, and encouraging — and they are superstars at building relationships with their students and teachers. From small group instruction to playground duty, lunchroom monitoring to school bus monitoring, paras are asked to do a variety of tasks to keep the day running smoothly, and each day they come prepared to perform—equipped with patience, perseverance, and sometimes a little tough love for their students.
Shameless plug: our paraprofessionals are critical support for our students. We have been, and continue to be, an award-winning, Region 5-leading school in large part to the high-quality paraprofessionals we have supporting our children and teachers. If this sounds like something you'd like to be a part of, email email@example.com to learn more or start the application process.