Career Story: Special Education Teacher's Aide For A Pre-Schooler

Special Education Teacher's Aide For A Pre-Schooler

Job Title: Special Education Paraprofessional

Type of Company: I work for the school system outside of Nashua, New Hampshire.

Education: High School Diploma, Highly Qualified Degree

Previous Experience: I was once a school bus driver with special education students on my school bus. But I enjoyed the kids so much I looked into a para-professional's job

Job Tasks: I am a one-on-one paraprofessional who works with a special educational pre-school student. My responsibilities are to bring him into the classroom at the beginning of the day and help him follow classroom routines. I take him to the bathroom to help toilet train him. I follow what the special education teachers want and need for him, I also check with the classroom teacher to see what she wants me to have him do for the day. I stay with him outside to make sure he is safe. I go with specialists with him to help him in these classrooms. I have lunch with him making sure he is trying new foods and eating his lunch safely. I work with this student doing activities that need to be done. We also work on a computer program to help him with his recognition skills. I then take him out to help him get on the van to go home.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The worst part of the job is to be with the same child every day day in and day out. The child learns what buttons to push and it takes some of your energy.

The best part of the job is the closeness you get with a child. You both learn how to have patience, cooperation and lots of bonding.

Job Tips: Being a paraprofessional is a great job, if you love to work with children but aren't big into lots of schooling. The pay is not great but the benefits outweigh are terrific. You get to spend lots of time with children but unlike a teacher you do not have to take homework home to correct.

Additional Thoughts: If I had found out about how much I enjoyed working with pre-schoolers earlier I would have gone to college to become a teacher. Working with pre-schoolers is such a joy; everyday is a new surprise for them. Just the joy they find in everything makes going to work every day a pleasure. An important personal quality for success in becoming a paraprofessional is lots of energy, a great sense of humor, patience and a great love for children.

Popular Schools offering Teacher Assisting Programs

Results:  10
Matching School Ads

Learning at Full Sail University has always centered around interaction and the exchange of ideas. Our online curriculum fully embraces this philosophy.

Selected Campus Locations:
  • Online

Recognized by the U.S. News and World Report for: Best Online Programs, Bachelor’s 2017, Best Online Programs, Grad Education 2017 and Best Online Programs, Bachelor’s for Veterans 2017

Selected Campus Locations:
  • Online

Since 1977, Keiser University has maintained a practical, hands-on approach to career education to help our students achieve their personal and professional goals.  Our student-centered approach remains at the foundation of the Keiser University mission and continues to attract students who prefer a more personal learning experience.

Selected Campus Locations:
  • Online

Abilene Christian University is a national leader in Christian higher education and a place where students, faculty, staff and alumni make a real difference in the world.

Selected Campus Locations:
  • Online

Founded by the Society of Jesus in 1851, Saint Joseph's University (SJU) has been developing the minds and abilities of men and women in a challenging academic environment steeped in the enriching Jesuit tradition of cura personalis (care of the entire person).

Selected Campus Locations:
  • Online

At Post University, we believe you shouldn’t have to put your life on hold to further your education.

Selected Campus Locations:
  • Online

Colorado State University-Global Campus

Colorado State University-Global Campus (CSU-Global) offers career relevant bachelor’s and master’s degree programs for working adults and nontraditional learners.

Selected Campus Locations:
  • Online

Additional Career Stories for Teacher Assistants

The inside stories from people actually working in the field.
Click a story title to show the story, and click the title again to hide it.

All Types

You are visiting:

What are Career Stories?

Career Stories are concise, real-world career overviews written by people relating their personal career experiences and wisdom. They provide invaluable insights and mentoring advice to students and career changers.

Most stories include:

  • a typical day or project
  • tips and advice
  • best and worst parts
  • educational background
  • previous experience

Browse hundreds of Career Stories

More Details On This Career

Please also see our detailed information about Teacher Assistants, including:

Back to Top