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January 18, 2014 at 7:44 PM

Para-educators’ important work often goes unnoticed

I was pleased to see guest columnist Kim Wilson’s piece in support of public school para-educators [“Para-educators provide vital outreach to state’s most vulnerable students,” Education Lab, Jan. 7].

I had the honor, privilege and joy of working with “paras” for 33 years. Like school secretaries, para-educators do important work that goes unnoticed to most of the public and many of the parents who have children in the schools.

Paras work directly with kids, supporting them academically and in their social development. They often make observations that are crucial to program planning to meet the kids’ varied needs. They build strong, supportive relationships with families that provide moms and dads with daily information of their child’s daily life in school.

Simply, they contribute much to the success of our kids.

Jeff Newport, Duvall

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