Former Public School Paraeducator at Seattle Public Schools
about 2 years ago
I can only speak to my time at Asa Mercer Middle school as my other experience was in different districts. I was a paraeducator in joint class rooms. We had a teacher in each room and a para was paired with each. There were between 6-18 students in a room at a time and the number of teacher/para fluctuated base on number of students. A few periods each day were spent in other classrooms with our students in gym or science or arts. Every Friday at the start of the day we bused wit the kids to the local pool and swam, returning during 3rd period. Often at the end of the day we'd play kickball, soccer, or an indoor game with the student. The students were generally very well behaved and only once or twice all year were violent. The staff and administration was very supportive and open to creative curriculum adjustments to better meet IEPs. For example I started using tabletop roleplaying games in class to teach math, reading, writing, social skills, and even programming. This was embraced and grew to be an after school club open to all students. This was my favorite para position in the 5 years I taught. I had taught from Pre-9th grade in e districts and 4 schools. I would recommend Asa Mercer and by extension SPS.