From the Superintendent: Honoring our SPPS Paraprofessionals


Dear Colleagues:

We have the opportunity this week to honor some of the unsung heroes of our school district: our paraprofessionals. Gov. Mark Dayton has declared this Paraprofessional Recognition Week.

What do paraprofessionals do in SPPS? A better question might be: what don’t they do?

Formally, paraprofessionals’ job titles include Educational Assistant (EAs) and Teaching Assistant (TAs).

Informally, they are tutors, mentors, office assistants, bus coordinators, library overseers, nursing assistants, behavioral aides, interpreters and loving supports to the students of SPPS.

Some 1,250 individuals serve as paraprofessionals in SPPS, and our schools could not function without them. Some dedicated souls have served as paraprofessionals as long as 35-40 years.

If you know or work with an EA or TA, I hope you’ll take a moment this week to thank them for the critical contributions they make to our students’ success. As a way of giving back, the most recent employment contract allows interested EAs to apply for up to $2,500 in annual stipends to pay for classes required to receive a teaching license.

Paraprofessionals and all other school employees in Areas A and F are invited to upcoming “Sharing with the Supt” sessions on February 11 and February 19. I love these opportunities for dialogue with staff. It’s the very best way for me to know what’s working and what isn’t.

Thank you, paraprofessionals! We appreciate all your good work!

Your very proud superintendent,

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Valeria S. Silva