YOUR VIEW: Why teacher assistants are important

Sep. 19, 2013 @ 03:51 PM

This is why teacher assistants are important

As a teacher assistant at Hasty School in Davidson County for 27 years I can explain the job of an assistant. Family dynamics are different, communities have changed, ethnicity has expanded, and children are exposed to more. Unfortunately social media has an impact on the school environment.

Some assistants begin their day by driving buses which is mandated by the Davidson County Schools for employment. Daily assistants oversee hallways; monitor early arrivals; assist breakfast and lunch; unload and load car and bus arrivals morning and afternoon. Post are assigned to oversee that children safely exit the building for a fire drill. We follow guidelines for any other type of emergency that could befall our school. In addition we take care of clerical needs.

At times an assistant may step in to cover the class following the lesson plans and procedures that are in place. We assist with small group lessons in reading, math, and work one-on-one as needed. There are medical situations where assistants are trained to be first responders. We attend staff development since assistants provide care for children with illnesses, chronic health conditions and accidents.  At Hasty,  assistants serve two or more teachers in a day as well as the specialized media and technology assistants.

Credits are needed to become Highly Qualified as mandated by the “No Child Left  Behind Act” and to achieve our Personal Development Plan (PDP). Ongoing workshops are attended throughout the year to earn the hours needed for renewal. I am a member of the North Carolina Association of Teacher Assistants and  Davidson County Teacher Assistants Association which are two organizations dedicated to our profession, children, and school.  Assistants are needed in the classroom to help provide the extra time, support and hands each child needs to succeed. Teachers need us more than ever as we strive to prepare children to live productive and happy lives in an ever challenging and changing world.

SUSAN CAMPBELL

Thomasville

 

The Governor needs to start telling the truth

Responding to Jackie Wieland’s HPE article of September 12,’ DHHS was a mess when Wos took over’:

Ms. Wieland’s points regarding DHHS operating inefficiencies are well made, as are the benefits of hiring people you know and trust. Dr. Wos, no doubt, has a formidable climb to improved results. Welcome to the realities of big business and lopsided politics.

Ms. Wieland left out just one key item for ongoing success in this massive legislative cleanup. The Governor needs to start telling the truth. Just do what authentic leaders do; give us the good, the bad and the ugly, and do it with authenticity. No dodge ball, no duck and weave, no baseless accusations, no rumor and half truths. If you don’t know the answer to a question, just say ‘I don’t know’, it’s OK.

Tell us the truth. It’s actually easier than fabrication. It’s what serious leaders do, and we’re short on serious leaders these days.

BILL McKENZIE JR

High Point