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Career Story: Kindergarten Teacher's Assistant

Kindergarten Teacher's Aide

Job Title: Teacher Assistant

Type of Company: I work for a private school in a suburb of Washington, DC.

Education: Teacher

Previous Experience: I started out working as a nanny but after that I worked as a teacher assistant in a daycare center and finally got a job as a teacher assistant in a kindergarten.

Job Tasks: I work in a private school as a kindergarten teacher's assistant. But since I'm also a school bus driver, my day begins at 7AM when I begin my pick-ups, bringing kids to several different schools before I finish my route around 9. At 9, I begin my day as a teacher's assistant, doing what's known as "circle time" -- an early morning gathering in which the students say the pledge to the flag and we discuss the date, the weather and who will be the teacher's helpers that day. (At the end of each day the helpers are in charge of picking up all the work and giving it to me.) From then on I help the teacher pass out papers and pencils and anything else the kids will need to do their work. I check the math, social studies and science work, while the teacher is in charge of checking reading, phonics and writing. I break away for awhile to drive the bus again, dropping the kids off whom I picked up in the morning. But after that I return to my classroom for art. We enjoy doing that. Every Friday I have to put all the kids' work in folders to be sent home with them for their parents to see. This is teh fun part of my work.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is when the children come to me and tell me I'm their best friend or that they love me -- or, if I had to be absent for some reason, how much they missed me while I was gone. The worst part is when they are sick and I can't do anything to make them feel better.

Job Tips: You've got to love children to do this job. Make no mistake about that.

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