I’m a paraprofessional.
Para for short. 🙂
That’s a person to whom a particular aspect of a professional task is delegated, but who is not licensed to practice as a fully qualified professional.
What that means is I am not a teacher. I do not have a teaching certificate.
What I do have is a love for children.
A love for our future generations.
A love to help others.
A love for those a little less fortunate than the typical.
I have the best job ever!
I work with the developmental three year old pre-K program.
It’s not necessarily written or spelled out in my job description, but my greatest task every day is to have a “pair a” hands to help.
My hands are my greatest tool as a Para.
I use them to hold another that needs a helping hand walking from their bus each morning. I use them to wipe away a tear from a cheek of a little one missing mom or dad. I use them to wipe noses and change diapers and button and zip pants and jackets and clean off tables and wipe up spills. All part of the job. I use them to walk a little one to the nurse’s office for meds or when they are sick or have fallen down. I use them to show “visuals”, pictures of tasks that need to be executed or transitioned into. I use them each day to set up the classroom chairs and cubbies and personalized items to help daily transitions run more smoothly. I use them to open fruit snacks and put straws in juice boxes and dispense more goldfish than there are fish in the pacific ocean! I use them to work puzzles or build with blocks or paint art projects or throw play snowballs along side my “friends”. I use them to give thumbs up, high fives, and pats on the back for jobs well done. And I use them to gently clasp together and pray at the end of my day. Pray for another day tomorrow to wake up and do it all over again. To perhaps make a difference in the lives of these precious children.
I love my job!♡
I am daily blessed by the unconditional love and total innocence of all the children around me.
I’ve found my niche. ♡ I’m confident it’s right where God wants me to be. I pray you have found yours. If not, it’s never too late! I can assure you, the moment you get outside of yourself and do for others, you will be blessed beyond belief!
Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
Love and laughter,