Paraprofessionals find joy in new role as teachers

Their love of children and learning lead them to earn qualifications necessary to teach


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September 7, 2023 - 4:40 PM

Gale Hoag, who teaches art for kindergarten through second grade at Iola Elementary School, helps Journey Harrison, left, and Brailynne Brown learn how to mix primary colors. REGISTER/VICKIE MOSS

Andrea Weide has plenty of advice for her fellow teachers and paraprofessionals at Iola Elementary School when it comes to balancing their jobs, family and online schooling.

It all comes down to time management.

“You have to be a self-starter. You have to keep pushing yourself and reminding yourself that the end will be so worth it,” she said.

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