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Posted March 1, 2016

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Educational Assistants: Thank You!

Classroom aides support teachers and go above and beyond for students.

On Educational Assistant Day Wednesday, March 2, we recognize the thousands of EAs in Albuquerque Public Schools who support students, teachers and families every day.

Their job includes everything from helping children learn to read to ensuring students get safely to and from the school bus, and even feeding and changing.  All of this is done to help ensure students get an opportunity to meet their individual academic goals.

We caught up with three EAs to get a glimpse into what their days look like. Jessie Ornales from Desert Ridge Middle School works one-on-one with a student with special needs.  She doesn’t call it work, rather a pleasure to support a child she has grown to understand even though she doesn’t communicate in traditional ways.

For more than 24 years Mary Lou Maestas has helped generations of students at Lew Wallace Elementary, with strategies to improve their reading.  Maestas says she is able to make a difference because she is not seen as an EA but rather as a teacher.

Over at Volcano Vista High School, Elizabeth Summers works with students with autism. Her experience has led her to pursue a teaching license, a logical path for her because she wants to continue to make a difference in a school community she enjoys.

Thank you to all the Education Assistants who go above and beyond every day!

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