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Career Story: Special Ed Teacher's Aide

Special Ed Teacher's Aide

Job Title: Teacher Aide

Type of Company: I work for an elementary school.

Education: high school

Previous Experience: I was a school monitor and worked in a school office.

Job Tasks: I work one-on-one with a student with special needs. My job is to help him during the school day with modified work and to help him to attend and participate in special classes such as gym, music and art. I supervise him at lunch and recess and make certain he gets off the bus in the morning and back on it at the end of the school day.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: Depending on the student's mood -- if he's had a good night's sleep or a doctor's appointment with shots -- a day can be tough or easy. But as a rule every day is good. The big plus for me is that I have two school-age children so I am able to be off from work when they are off from school.

Job Tips:
1. My job is a great job for a mom or dad that wants to be at home with their children when there are school vacations and all those Monday holidays or snow days.

2. If you really like it you should think of pursuing a teaching degree.

3. Good people skills are a plus as you will be dealing with parents.

Additional Thoughts: I attended college for one and half years and now that I am older I wish I had finished at least an Associates degree, 'cause I would be making more money. I strongly suggest, therefore, that you stay in school. Pursue an area you are interested in and you will go far. If working with children is of interest to you, get your teaching degree and continue to take all the classes that are offered by your school district. While the children in nursery school are very sweet and you need an advanced degree to work with them as a rule, you don't get paid much and never have I heard of health care being offered go for the k-12 school system.

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