Pictured, front, from left: Rachel Ahlness, Melonie Heiling, Dana Larson, Mary Hesse, Deb Feser, Dawn Hagert, Cathy Burden and Christa Peterson. Back: Suzanne Silva, Trisha Lewis, Alyssa Sorenson, Krystal Plaster, Holly Jaeger, Elaine Weber (Foster Grandparent Program), Mariah Calverley, Sharon Ferdinandt, Pat Dauer, Samantha Shoen, Melanie Danielson and Barb Jones.  Paraprofessional Randee Krueger was not available for the picture.

Queens for a Day! Paraprofessionals recognized for their work at Springfield Public Schools

Paraprofessionals in Minnesota schools are recognized for their work annually in January.  Paraprofessionals at Springfield Public School were celebrated on Wednesday, January 27, with the celebration centered on the theme “Queen for a Day.” The professionals were treated to a special meal, and each received a crown and scepter, and paraprofessional certificate.  

Paraprofessionals may work in a variety of positions in a school district including, but not limited to, instructional assistants, Title I paraprofessionals, pupil support assistants, special education paraprofessionals, job coaches, lunch room and playground assistants, hall monitors and media center assistants. Many teacher assistants work primarily or exclusively with students who have special educational needs. Their duties vary according to the needs of the student from physical assistance and care to behavioral management and academic assistance. In Minnesota, paraprofessionals must meet specific locally-developed requirements depending on the role and duties they are assigned. When hiring paraprofessionals, all school districts are required to meet the requirements of Minnesota Statutes, section 120B.363.

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