By Camille Zamarripa
When it comes to the Special Education department, teachers aren’t students’ only source of help.
“The aides dealing with the Special ED students deal with lots of behaviors of different kinds, which means they have to be versatile,” Special Education Coordinator Krystal Duncan said. The aides play a large role in the success of the Special Education Department. In total, there are 14 aides who work in the the Special Education Department.
The aides can be see everywhere depending on where a student needs to be.
“I see the aides a lot in between classes, right after classes end, and in the halls before class,’’ Assistant Principal James Barton said.
These aides spend the entire day helping students in unique ways because a lot of the students need a variety of resources. They are willing to devote all their time to the students and those who need one-on-one help.
“They are the most willing people to help someone walk or even read a passage out loud,” Barton said.
Students take notice of this each day and learn from this.
“They really are shaping the way young people treat others who have different needs,” Barton said.
The aides help the students get out of their comfort zone and explore new things. “It’s great to see and makes you smile just to see the growth that children have,” Duncan said.
These aides impact the student’s lives.
“They really make a big stride because of the aides that work with them everyday,” Duncan said. Not only do the students and teachers who are in the Special Education department see the service that the aides give to the students, but also the entire student body, “We just want them to know that they are seen and appreciated,” Barton said.