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EDUCATIONSUPPORTPROFESSIONALSMeetingtheNeedsoftheWholeStudent32www.nea.orgespKatherineDavisDataManagerTableRockMiddleSchoolMorgantownNorthCarolinaKeddsnewswascreatedbyKatherineDaviswiththecollaborationofteachersatTableRockMiddleSchooltochallengeherstudentstolearnandgrow.Thesiteisjam-packedwithinteractivelessonstuto-rialsandgamesforstudentsinmathlanguageartsandscience.IntheWelcometotheJunglesectionstudentscanfindayearsworthoflessonplansandtherearealsoresourcesavailabletoassiststudentslookingforscholarshipsandfinancialassistance.Katherineisalsoacomputerinstructorandistheadministratorofanumberofcomputerprogramsusedattheschoolforpromotingearlyliteracy.IwantmystudentstoknowthattheycancreatewhotheywanttobeKatherinesays.AlongwithherregularschooldutiesKatherinealsomentorsyounggirlsthroughherPrincessclub.Theyhavesponsoredfather-daughterluncheonsheldfashionshowsandinvitedguestspeakerstospeaktohergirlsoneverythingfromentrepreneurismtoetiquette.Checkoutkeddsnewshere.LynnGossInstructionalParaeducatorMenomonieMiddleSchoolMenomonieWisconsinMenomonieMiddleSchoolstudentsaretoldthattheycanachieveandexcelevenifthatmeansthattheyneedadditionalinstructionorsupport.TheMenomonieMiddleSchoolprogramcalledWhatINeedisbasedontheconceptthatdifferentstudentshavedifferentpathstolearningandthatsometimesthatre-quirespersonalizedinstructionandinterven-tion.ForthosestudentswhomayneedgreaterlevelsofsupporteducatorslikeLynnGossaretheretohelpthemwiththeiracademicchal-lenges.NooneunderstandsthatlearningisnotaracebetterthanLynnGoss.ShehasanuncannyintuitioncoupledwithanenormousknowledgebasethatempowershertomakeasignificantdifferenceintheacademiclivesofstudentsidentifiedforadditionaltimeandsupportsaysStaceyEversonprincipalofMenomonieMiddleSchool.AtMenomonietheyhavealsobeentryingtoremovethesocialstigmathatcomeswithstudentswhomayneedremedialhelp.Wevebeentryingreallyhardtoremovethisstigma.Wevestartedbeinghonestandmoretrans-parentwithstudents.Inthepastwemayhavesugar-coatedthingsforthemandIthinktheyunderstoodthattomeanthattheirspecialneedsweresomethingtobeashamedof.Ithinkonceyouarehonestandtellstudentswheretheyareacademicallyandwheretheyneedtobetheirfeelingsofownershipovertheirownlearningincrease.Ithinkthisdevel-opsthesenseofresponsibilityandself-determinationtheyneedtoreachtheiracademicgoalsLynnsays.Lynnispartofherschoolsdatateamwhichincludestheschoolprincipaltwocoreteamteacherstheschoolpsychologistandthespecialeducationteacher.Animportantaspectofidentifyingstudentswhoneedextrasupportandinterventionisaccurateandtimelydatacollection.Theteamworkstogethertointer-pretthedataanddetectpatternstrendsandanyachievementgapsinEnglishlanguageartsandmath.Thisalsoallowsthemtoidentifyspecificstudentstheyneedtotargetforone-on-onesupport.AfterweinvestigatewhatisgoingonwithaspecificstudentwesometimesfindoutthatthatstudentishavingproblemswithvisionorthattheyredepressedbecausetheirfatherjustlosttheirjobortheyrebeingbulliedLynnsays.Sosometimesthesekidsjustneedmetolistentothem.Itsnotsomethingthatabookoracomputerprogramordrillingthemonfractionsisgoingtosolve.Idsaythathav-ingasupportiveandcaringrelationshipwiththemisjustasimportantasanythingelse.AnthonyMarieJohnsonParaeducatorArgentineMiddleSchoolKansasCityKansasAnthonyMarieJohnsonisaparaeducatorworkingwithspecialneedsstudentsinsocialstudiesandscience.Herprimaryresponsibilityistoensurethatstudentsareactivelyinvolvedinthelearningprocessandlearningatthehighestlevels.Asimportantasherjobasaneducatorhasbeenherworkinthecommunityhasbeenjustasvitalforherstudentsandthecommunitywhereshelives.AnthonyMariehasservedontheSingleParentScholarshipCommitteethatse-lectsandhonorssingleparentswhoarefurtheringtheireducationbyattendingalocaljuniorcollegeorcollegeuniversity.Shehasvolunteeredasanoutreachsocialworkerwithateenpregnancycentertoprovidesupporttoteensduringtheirpregnancy.SheisamemberoftheKCKBlackChamberofCommercewhichsupportstheSummerSTEMprogramforstudentsinthethirdthrougheighthgrades.Shealsoworkswithstudentsinthereadingandmathtutoringprogramrunbyanon-profitorganizationatacommunitycenternearschool.ParticipationatthecenterincreaseddramaticallyoncestudentsrecognizedthatMs.Johnsonwasatthecenter.IamafacetheyknowinthecommunityandIlooklikethemshesays.AnthonyMarieknowsthatincreasingconnectionsandfosteringcollaborationbetweenschoolparentsandthecommunityistheonlywaytoeducatethewholechild.Itreallydoestakeavillage.ofNEAESPsprovidecaretostudentswithspecialneeds.ofNEAESPsplantostayintheprofessionand75percentplantostaywiththeircurrentjobsuntiltheyretire.Didyouknowthat...SourceNEAK-12ESPMembershipSurveySpring2012andNEAElevatingESPCareersresearchstudy2012.Iwantmystudentstoknowthattheycancreatewhotheywanttobe.