Spring 2016

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14 | T hey are tutors, classroom managers, computer laboratory instructors, library monitors, coaches, translators, medical providers, bus drivers, and more. Paraprofessionals (often referred to as teacher's aides) do not hold a teaching certifcation, but they work hand in hand with the teacher, providing instructional, behavioral, and physical support. All the best paraprofessionals share a common trait—an appreciation for the importance of teamwork in the efort to help children succeed. Ballinger Elementary School pre-K teacher Melissa Faubion knows the importance of having a solid, collegial relationship with a paraprofessional and says she wouldn't be as successful without the paraprofessional assigned to work by her side for the past fve years, Mary Lloyd. Faubion praises Lloyd, calling her patient, dependable, and motherly. According to Faubion, "Mrs. Lloyd knows when to be frm and expect more, and when to ease up and allow for the fact that [the children] are four years old, or allow for the fact that they may have some special needs." She insists that teacher's aides are invaluable, and educational quality sufers without them. "Together, we are able to give students the extra help they need." Lloyd plans to one day retire from Ballinger ISD—the same small West Texas school district she, her daughters, and many of her friends graduated from. After 26 years working for the school district, Lloyd knows just about everyone walking in the school halls. It's why going to work every day feels more like a family gathering than a job for Lloyd. She doesn't go a day without a hug from current and former students, who she afectionately refers to as her "babies." Although she began at the district working For paraprofessional Mary Lloyd, a day at work is a day with family. interview and photos by Jean Schlitzkus spotlight TEAMWORK

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