RICHMOND, Ky. (WTVQ) — You’ve probably heard the saying, “It takes a village.” That also applies to education.
“So I think it adds that extra layer of support and help to the teacher to be able to have one-on-one instruction with students,” says Teresa White, a para-educator at Model Laboratory School, a job she’s done for more than 20 years.
“In 1999, I was looking for full-time employment and I came here at Model Laboratory School, and I’ve been an employee ever since then. So this is my 22nd school year. I’m very passionate about it and very excited to still be up here as I was the first day I was hired,” said White, who is this week’s Parent-Teacher Store ABC 36 Teacher of the Week.
The job of a teacher is hard and life for children can be difficult as well. That’s where para-educators like White play a big role.
“My favorite part is truly being able to bring positive reinforcement to the students. I just want them to go home with a smile on their face, and if they do that, then I can say I’ve had a good day,” White explained.
It’s a responsibility she takes seriously, and it’s something she plans to do for a long time to come.
“I think what really keeps me coming back is just knowing that I can be involved in a student’s life. That I can make some positive impact on their lives to help them get through a successful year of school. And you’re right, there have been some years that have not been so successful, but somehow when you have a passion for it, you just keep on going and you stay strong. And that’s where I am,” said White.
Model Laboratory School is the only remaining laboratory school in the state of Kentucky. It is located on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University, in Richmond. Model Laboratory School is home to around 720 students in grades K through 12.
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