Position: Student Support Assistant
What led you to your current position? Education means a lot to me because it has had a positive impact in my life, opened a lot of doors, exposed me to new things. Overall, I just want it to have the same effect on the students I work with and I want to help develop their love of education. Also, I want to inspire them to follow their dreams and use education as a tool to get them to where they want to be.
Fun Fact: I was on a step team called Locomotion
What does your average day look like? My day-to-day looks very different now due to the distance learning plan put in place. Previously I provided emotional, academic, and behavioral support not only to my 3rd grade direct clients, but the entire classroom. There have been times where I sacrificed my lunch, break, and prep times to support students throughout the entire school day in order to ensure that they have a great start to their day, safe, and get picked up safely.
Why do you do this work? I value education because I’ve had a positive experience during middle school, high school, and especially elementary. I received a lot of support from teachers, principals, and school staff. They have inspired me to push myself as well as challenge myself to overcome obstacles. They supported me to think big despite the limitations I was faced with in my life. Overall, I just want to be that positive influence in the students’ lives and encourage them to reach for the stars.