para·​pro·​fes·​sion·​al ˌper-ə--prə-ˈfesh-nəl How to pronounce paraprofessional (audio)
: a trained aide who assists a professional person (such as a teacher or doctor)
paraprofessional adjective

Examples of paraprofessional in a Sentence

There is at least one paraprofessional in each classroom.
Recent Examples on the Web Dixon, who is also a paraprofessional at Gateway, wants to see opportunities for his Special Olympics/Paralympics athletes increase in coming years. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, 16 May 2024 Miles, a paraprofessional at East Middle School in Westminster, said she’s always voted in person on the day of the election. Sherry Greenfield, Baltimore Sun, 14 May 2024 Other cuts could include paraprofessionals, food service staff, mental health professionals Posley's budget would cut about 44 educational assistant positions, out of about 1,387. Rory Linnane, Journal Sentinel, 7 May 2024 Employee retention - teachers and paraprofessionals are leaving the district at too high a rate. Eleanor Dearman, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 21 Apr. 2024 If the referendum fails, DiCarlo said the school would lose half of those paraprofessionals. Rory Linnane, Journal Sentinel, 25 Mar. 2024 There are staffing shortages at all positions: teachers, paraprofessionals and support staff. Christine Wen, The Conversation, 15 Feb. 2024 The squad is the brainchild of Lorrie Shortridge, a longtime special-education paraprofessional in the district, who was looking for a way for students with special needs to get involved. Mary Divine, Twin Cities, 21 Jan. 2024 As a result, two paraprofessionals and a teacher have been placed on leave while the investigation is ongoing, according to police and New Haven Public Schools. Taylor Hartz, Hartford Courant, 9 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1962, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of paraprofessional was in 1962

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Cite this Entry

“Paraprofessional.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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para·​pro·​fes·​sion·​al ˌpar-ə-prə-ˈfesh-nəl How to pronounce paraprofessional (audio)
: a person trained to assist a professional person (as a teacher or doctor)
paraprofessional adjective

Medical Definition


para·​pro·​fes·​sion·​al -prə-ˈfesh-nəl, -ən-ᵊl How to pronounce paraprofessional (audio)
: a trained aide who assists a professional person (as a doctor)
paraprofessional adjective
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