DO YOU HAVE A PASSION TO WORK WITH KIDS??
'The best teachers teach from the heart and not just from the book."
It is no secret that teaching is not the sought after profession that it once was. With ever expanding expectations, increasing difficulty, and hours and hours of planning beyond the work day, the number of people going into teaching as a profession has decreased over time. One of the most rewarding areas of education is special education. Yes, there is paperwork; yes, it is difficult (as are all teaching positions); yes, it is REWARDING!
How can you be involved in education?
Special Ed Paraprofessional:
If you are interested in being a paraprofessional (a student helper who works closely with teachers), any one can apply. If you have a 2 year degree or 60 post-secondary credits, you are considered Highly Qualified. If not? You will be required to pass a Para-Pro exam and then you would be considered Highly Qualified. Being a paraprofessional substitute allows you to "dip your toe" into education and see if it a job you would like on a more permanent basis.
Special Education Teacher:
If you have a four year degree in any area, you could apply to be a substitute teacher. Check with your local school and/ or contact me for more information.
If you have a four year degree in any area and are interested in changing careers and becoming a special education teacher, there is an excellent opportunity being offered through St. Mary's University. A cohort group will be developed to train special ed teachers. Much of the class work will be done on-line and face-to-face classes will be in Fairmont. What an awesome opportunity! Check it out with St. Mary's or contact me and I will provide with the information I have.
If you really want to discuss what a special education teacher does, contact me! I would love to sit down and talk to you about a very rewarding career.
Erin Toninato, Education District Director
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Special Education Director proudly serving the needs of our member districts: Butterfield, St. James, Madelia, Sleepy Eye, New Ulm, GFW, Sibley East, Lafayette Charter School, Green Isle Community School
"To love what you do and feel that it matters...how can anything be more fun"?