Louisa County Public Schools
In July of 2008 I was hired as an Instructional Assistant in the library of Trevilians Elementary School in Louisa, Virginia. My duties included: providing support during the check out process, cataloguing new materials, deleting material from the collection that was out of date or in poor condition, assisting facilitation of lessons, preparation of materials required for lessons, and monitoring behavior of students.
After assisting in the library for two years, there was an opening for an assistant in the Early Childhood Special Education class. While working in the library, I felt drawn to children who needed a more one-o-one approach to learning, and I felt a strong desire to help children who needed extra support. Although I loved working in the library and getting to know all the children in the school, I was excited for a new challenge and the opportunity to learn new skills. I was happy to work more directly with the children and assist in the implementation of IEP goals. Even though this was a new experience for me, my compassion and dedication improved the environment for this special education class. I began this position with no prior experience in special education, and I am leaving with many skills and a foundational knowledge and understanding of this program. I enjoyed the privilege of working with highly skilled professionals, as well as the opportunity to lead the class.