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APS Celebrates Educational Assistants
Educational Assistant Day is Wednesday, March 5.
What do all schools in APS have in common? They all have educational assistants who help teachers teach and students learn.
APS has nearly 2,000 EAs who go above and beyond the job description. On Educational Assistant Day, here's a chance to thank them for all that they do.
About 80 percent of the EAs in APS work in special education classrooms. The other 20 percent work in kindergarten classrooms, nurse’s offices, libraries and campus security.
In addition to their regular duties on site, EAs frequently fill in where needed at their schools. At Arroyo Del Oso Elementary, third grader Sean Scott refers to them as “the back-ups.”
“When my teacher has to leave for a meeting or something, one of the back-ups comes to help," said Sean.
Superintendent Winston Brooks expressed his gratitude for the district's dedicated EAs. “Educational Assistants play a crucial role in the education of our students and we appreciate all they do," he said. "Many of these individuals work with some of the most challenging students in APS. They help students of all ages, levels, and learning abilities. They are a vital resource for our educational system and we applaud their dedication."