I started in education with my two children by volunteering as an aide. I just became a full-time aide with their school. Then I jumped from there into different positions. I learned a lot from the different teachers. I’ve learned a lot from the team itself, but I’d always wanted to have more say in what was going on, maybe implement more of the strategies that I thought would be beneficial for the kids. I decided that I wanted to be that “little piece of the puzzle” that might fit in, that perhaps might make a difference to one student, that he might be able to gain more in his education.
Judy Williams, Special Education
Why did you decide to become a credentialed teacher?
- Why did you decide to become a credentialed teacher?
- What were your hesitations in becoming a teacher?
- What hardships or obstacles did you encounter?
- How did you manage your time?
- What support did you receive from your family and friends? From your school district?
- Did your school district have a career ladder? If so, could you explain how it worked for you?
- What advice would you give to other paraeducators who are thinking of obtaining their credential?