Monica Crigers pleasant nature is a byproduct of her work-a-day life. Its the kids. They keep you young, said Monica, a paraprofessional at Humboldt Elementary for better than 20 years.
Criger said she had intended to work only a couple of years but that the job so grew on her that she soon forgot about any such self-imposed limitations.
It wasnt for the pay, which isnt robust for paras. You see those bright-eyed kids and they fill your day with joy, she said.