Here are Dianne’s answers to my interview:
How long have you been a teacher?
I have been a para for 5 years
Why did you become a teacher?
I became a paraprofessional so that I could work with life skill and vocational students helping them learn skills needed to function with more independence beyond school.
Which grades have you taught so far?
I work with grades 9-12.
What subjects do you rather teach?
I love this position and the students I work with.
What is your favorite aspect of being a teacher?
I get the chance to work one on one with many students helping them develop important life skills. I work closely with these students helping them meet IEP goals.
Tell us about the teacher that most made an impression on you as a student.
I would have to say my 6th grade teacher Mrs. Addison because she brought real world experience in the classroom. We did a lot of hands on activities that helped with learning important concepts.
Tell us a funny/interesting story that happened to you during your career as a teacher.
I would say that my most recent funny happened while we had a substitute teacher. Whenever we have a substitute I step in and help even more with the curriculum presentation for the day. The last time we had a sub, one of our students came up to me at the end of the day and said, “Ms. Dianne, I give you an A- for the day for doing a good job, and you deserve $100.” I very graciously said thank you.
What advice would you give a new teacher? (Something that you wish you had known when you first started.)
I am going to give advice for new paras. I would want them to know that the need for them to be supportive to the teacher is so important. Special needs teachers are swamped with endless paperwork that they have to keep up with on each student. It is very important to realize you are not only helping the students with their day to day progress, you are there to help with whatever the teacher needs.
What does your ideal classroom look like?
In our classroom environment the idea look is to have a recreational area for students to relax during down times, the main curriculum area, and a vocational area to work on work box tasks.
What drove you into becoming a Teacher-Author at TeachersPayTeachers?
I have created life skill and vocational tasks for our classroom since the first year of employment. They work so well for the students and the teacher I work with said that I should be doing something to get my products out there for other classrooms to use. I came across TpT and it seemed like the right fit for what I needed.
From all the products in your store, which one is your favorite and why?
I would have to say that my Life Skill and Vocational Bundle #1 is my favorite because it is a combination of our students favorite daily tasks.
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Anything else about yourself that you would like us to know?
I love experiencing the joy when a student accomplishes something that they did not feel they were capable of. I feel that it is important to teach valuable life and vocational skills to all students.
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