para·​pro·​fes·​sion·​al | \ ˌper-ə--prə-ˈfesh-nəl How to pronounce paraprofessional (audio) , -ˈfe-shə-nᵊl, ˌpa-rə- \

Definition of paraprofessional

: a trained aide who assists a professional person (such as a teacher or doctor)

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Other Words from paraprofessional

paraprofessional adjective

Examples of paraprofessional in a Sentence

There is at least one paraprofessional in each classroom.
Recent Examples on the Web Sharon Capadona, a paraprofessional at North Royalton Middle School was the recipient of the Crystal Starfish Support Staff Award. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, "Feed the hungry with Empty Bowls: Talk of the Towns," 26 Dec. 2019 These women are the paraprofessionals in the thresholds, weighing the bodies of patients on digital scales, taking measurements of vital signs in the staging area of a clinic’s open crannies. Longreads, "Communiqué from an Exurban Satellite Clinic of a Cancer Pavilion Named after a Financier," 17 Sep. 2019 Available jobs include custodial, cleaners, food service, paraprofessionals and bus drivers. cleveland, "A positive painted message may rock someone to seek help: Olmsted Dates and Data," 18 Oct. 2019 The district is looking for teachers, paraprofessionals, bus drivers and nutrition workers. Leon Stafford, ajc, "Clayton Schools holding job fair for teachers, bus drivers, paraprofessionals," 18 Nov. 2019 According to the school district, Perez Gonzalez was hired as a paraprofessional in 2017 and worked at Bonneville Elementary School before moving to Glenridge in September. David Harris,, "Paraprofessional at Orange County school arrested, accused of molesting 13-year-old student," 16 Nov. 2019 The union is striking over a number of issues, including higher wages for teachers, teaching assistants, and paraprofessionals, as well as smaller class sizes — common points of concern for teachers unions. Elizabeth King, Teen Vogue, "Chicago Public School Teachers Are on Strike — With Support From Their Students," 21 Oct. 2019 To get into the school system Hines took a job as a pre-K paraprofessional. Lauren M. Johnson, CNN, "Georgia's pre-k teacher of the year is the first black man to win the award," 8 Oct. 2019 During my treatment for cancer, most of these workers — the receptionists, paraprofessionals, and nurses — have been women. Longreads, "Communiqué from an Exurban Satellite Clinic of a Cancer Pavilion Named after a Financier," 17 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of paraprofessional

1962, in the meaning defined above

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31 Dec 2019

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“Paraprofessional.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of paraprofessional

US : a person whose job is to help a professional person (such as a teacher)


para·​pro·​fes·​sion·​al | \ ˌper-ə-prə-ˈfe-shə-nᵊl How to pronounce paraprofessional (audio) \

Kids Definition of paraprofessional

: a person trained to assist a professional person (as a teacher)


para·​pro·​fes·​sion·​al | \ -prə-ˈfesh-nəl, -ən-ᵊl How to pronounce paraprofessional (audio) \

Medical Definition of paraprofessional

: a trained aide who assists a professional person (as a doctor)

Other Words from paraprofessional

paraprofessional adjective

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showing steady, earnest care and effort

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