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EDUCATIONSUPPORTPROFESSIONALSMeetingtheNeedsoftheWholeStudent17www.nea.orgespKarenBarnesSchoolBusCoordinatorAustinIndependentSchoolDistrictAustinTexasTheAustinIndependentSchoolDistrictAISDeducatesapproximately85000studentsandembraces129diverseschoolcommunities.AISDalsotransportsthousandsofstudentsalongmorethan370schoolbusroutesdaily.LuckilytheAISDhasESPslikeKarenBarnestoensurethatstudentsaresafewhenridingtoschool.SafetyisKarensprimaryconcern.AsaschoolbuscoordinatorshehasearnedcerticationsfromboththeNationalAssociationofPupilTranspor-tationandtheTexasAssociationofPupilTransportation.Ivebeenworkingforover20yearsinschooltransportationbuttherearestillthingsthatIcanlearnandthekidsdeservetohavepeoplewhowanttodotheverybestpossiblejobforthemsaysKaren.WhileKarendoesntdriveregularlyanymoresheisresponsiblefortheprofessionaldevelopmentandtrainingofthe150schoolbusdriversandthe70to80schoolbusmonitorsattheNelsonBusTerminalinNortheastAustin.ThisincludeseverythingfromteachingappropriateCPRandrstaidproce-durestowheelchairandcarseatsecurement.OneofmygreatestpassionsismakingsurechildrenwithspecialneedsareabletosafelyrideinourbusesKarensays.Sheisalsoknowntovisitstudentshomesforwheelchairmainte-nanceandadvocatesforstudentswithwheelchaircompanies.Karenrecentlytooktheinitiativetodesignandbuildaspecialneedswheel-chairsecurementtrainingstationwhichallowshertotrainmoreemployeesatonetime.ThestationhasbecomesopopularthatKarenbuiltaduplicatestationforthedistrictssouthterminal.Someofthestudentsshetransportscarrymorethantheirbookswiththemtoschool.Atcertainparticipatinghighschoolsyoungmotherscanbringtheirinfantsandbabiestoschool.Theseschoolsaccommodatethemotherswithon-sitedaycaretoavoiddisruptionsintheireducation.Karenisresponsibleforinstallingandsecuringtheirinfantcarseats.InfacttheAISDwillonlyuti-lizetheirowninfantcarseatstoensurethattheymeetallsafetyregulations.Iwouldlovetobeabletotransportthesemothersandinfantstogetheroncoachbusessotheywouldalwayshaveair-conditioninginthisTexasheatandcouldmakeconnectionswithotheryoungmothersdeterminedtogettheireducationsaysKaren.KarenisproudofbeinganESPandproudofbeingpartofateamthatensuresthousandsofstudentsmakeittoschoolsafelyeveryday.SourceNEAK-12ESPMembershipSurveySpring2012andNEAElevatingESPCareersresearchstudy2012.ProflesinSAFEEachstudentlearnsinanenvironmentthatisphysicallyandemotionallysaeorstudentsandadults.JeanFaySpecialEducationParaeducatorCrockerFarmElementarySchoolAmherstMassachusettsTheNorthwestDistrictAttorneyfortheCommon-wealthofMassachusettsDavidE.SullivantheMassachusettsTeachersAssociationtheNationalEducationAssociationandotherpartnerssponsoredtheThirdAnnualSafeSchoolSummitinHolyokeMassachusetts.AsamemberoftheDistrictAttorneysCitizensAdvisoryBoardJeanwasinstrumentalintheplanninganddesignofthesummit.Thesummitbroughttogethereducatorselectedocialslawenforcementpersonneljudicialstasocialandhealthserviceprovidersparentsandcommunitymemberstonetworklearnandexchangeideas.SincethetragedyatSandyHookJeanFayhasbeencommittedtodoingeverythingshecantoensurethatschoolsaresafeandthatstudentshaveaccesstoresourcesforphysicalandmentalhealth.Shehasbeenastaunchadvocateforcom-mon-sensegunlawsandhasmadehervoiceheardbothnationallyandlocallypushingformorewhole-childstrategiestomakestudentssaferintheirschoolsandcommunities.RecentlyshewasappointedbyGovernorDevalPatricktohisnewlycommissionedcross-secretariatTaskForceonSchoolSafetyandSecurity.JeanwasalsoappointedtotheMassachusettsDepartmentofElementaryandSecondaryEducationSafeandSecureSchoolsCommission.AdditionalreferencearticlesonJeanFayPromisetomyMomandHowtoArmOurSchools.SharonFaulSpecialEducationParaeducatorJennieRogersElementarySchoolDanvilleKentuckySharonhasdevotedherentirecareerineducationtokeepingstudentshealthyandsafe.ShehasworkedwithMothersAgainstDrunkDrivingMADDreceivingagrantthatallowedmiddleandhighschoolstudentstocreatealcoholanddrugpreventionprogramsforthecommunity.DuetotheireortstheywereawardedoneofthehighestawardsbyMADDKentucky.SharonwasalsoveryactiveintheghttopassasocialhostordinanceinDanvilleKentuckythatallowsanocertoissueacitationtoanyadultwhodoesnttakesucientmeasurestopreventunderagedrinkingfromoccurringintheirhomeorontheirpropertyeveniftheyarenothomewhenthedrinkingoccurs.Withherguidanceherstudentswerealsoinstrumentalinidentifyingandraisingawarenessamonglocalschoolpersonnellawenforcementandcityocialsaboutalcoholicdrinksthatwerebeingsoldasenergydrinkstoyouth.SharonalsocoordinatedaprojectwithherstudentscalledStickerShock.Studentscanvassedcommunitybusinessesandstoresandwiththepermissionofthebusinessownerplacedstickersonthealcoholicbeveragestoremindpatronsthatitwasamisdemeanortoservealcoholtounderageyouth.ItsimportanttometodoeverythingIcantopreventyouthalcoholtobaccoanddruguseandtoshowouryouththattheycanmakeadierence.IdontwanttoseethesethingsstealthesuccessfulfutureofouryouthSharonsays.CurrentlySharonishostingandpromotingtheSpecialPersonsAdvocacyNetworkSpecialNeedsPageantfoundedbytheStarsAngelsNetworkwhereparticipantscanshedtheburdensoftheirdisabilitiesforthedayandjusthavefunJeanFayandDavidE.SullivanVictorMarquezSchoolSecurityOfcerCitrusValleyHighSchoolRedlandsCalifornia