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Paras, associates play a critical role in the classroom

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Paraeducator Melanie McDonald working with some kiddos on their sight words in Mrs. Bridget Kuhlman’s kindergarten class at the Lo-Ma School District.

Teachers are certainly at the forefront of a child’s education in both public and private school districts.

But paraeducators and associates (these terms have been known to be interchangeable depending on the school district) play a crucial role in the classroom, too.

At the Woodbine School and Logan-Magnolia School districts, teachers are really appreciative of the paras and all they do.

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“I couldn’t do my job without them,” said Megan Kuhlmann, a preschool teacher at the WCSD, of the need for these individuals to be in the classrooms on a regular basis.

Depending on the teacher and the day of the week, the duties of a para or associate can vary quite a bit.

But often these men and women can be found working with students individually or managing the class while a teacher is working with a small group of kiddos or needs to step out quick to conduct some business outside the room.

Read the rest of this feature story in the February 3 issue of your hometown newspaper, The Twiner-Herald!

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