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EDUCATIONSUPPORTPROFESSIONALSMeetingtheNeedsoftheWholeStudent19www.nea.orgespCharlesAlbertPolandJr.SchoolBusDriverDaleCountySchoolsAlabamaCharlesAlbertPolandslastmomentonearthwasspentsavingthelivesof21students.OnJanuary292013CharleswenttoworkashedideverydayasaschoolbusdriverforDaleCountyschoolsinthestateofAlabama.Helovedhisworkandreferredtotheve-toseven-year-oldsonhisbusashisyoungins.Onestudentinparticularwasspecialtohim.Stu-dentEthanGilmanalwayssatbehindMr.PolandonthebuswhereMr.Polandcouldkeepaclosewatchonhim.PeoplesaythatalthoughMr.PolandcaredforallofthestudentshetransportedheandEthanwhohasAspergerssyndromeandAttentionDecitDisorderhadaspecialbond.SowhenanarmedgunmanboardedMr.PolandsbusthatJanuaryafternoonanddemandedtotaketwochildrenashostagesMr.Polandrefused.Henotonlyblockedthegunmanfromthechildrenbuttriedtotalkandnegotiatewithhim.Mr.PolandwasshotandkilledandEthanwasabducted.However20ofhisstudentshadtimetoevacuatesafelythroughtherearofthebus.IntheendEthanwassafelyreleasedbuthadlostoneofhisbestfriendsandthePolandfamilylosttheirpatriarch.WhatmightthenewsheadlineshavereadthatdayifCharlesPolanddidnotselesslyplacehimselfinharmswayHowcanyoumeasurethelastingimpactofhisactionsthatdayYoucannot.Mr.Polandsdedicationandhissacriceareaninspirationtoalldevotededucatorsbusdriversteacherscustodianssecretariesfoodserviceworkersparaeducatorsandmanyotherswhoworktirelesslyandcourageouslyeverydaytoeducateprotectandnurtureourstudentsinournationsschools.Wearesurround-eddailybydedicatededucatorssuchasMr.Poland.KimberlyRiddleParaeducatorKnoxCountySchoolsTennesseeUpuntilherdeathKimberlyRiddleslifewasallaboutchildren.OnweekdaysshetaughtchildrentheABCsandothersubjectsatSunnyviewPrimarySchool.OnSundaysshetaughtthegospeltochildrenatherMountCalvaryBaptistChurch.RiddlediedalongwithtwostudentswhentwoKnoxCountySchoolbusescollidedinDecember.ThosewhoknewRiddlesaidthewifemotheroftwoandeducatorwaspassionateaboutchildrenandhadthebiggestheart.TheRev.LeroyFranklinpastoratMountCalvarysaidRiddlehadbeenonhisstaasayouthpastorforsolonghecouldntrecallwhenshewashired.HesaidshegotherdreamjobwhenshewashiredasaparaeducatoratKnoxCountySchools.RiddlesnamewillbeaddedtotheMemorialforFallenEducatorsinJunealongsideCharlesPolandsanotherESPwhodiedwhileservingstudents.92saytheirjobresponsibilitiesinvolvepromotingschoolsaety.57eeltheyhaveefectivestrategiesorhandlingbullyingatschool.59havewitnessedbullyingbehaviorand89percentothesehaveintervenedortriedtostopit.97saytheirdistricthasapolicyonbullyingpreventionand57percenthavereceivedtrainingonhowtoimplementthispolicy.82stronglybelievetheyaresaeatschooldespitenewsreportsaboutschoolviolence.45havewitnessedschoolviolenceand85percentothesehaveintervenedortriedtostopit.FALLENHEROES