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.

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After a few rounds of food, a paraprofessional said Akalis was about to get an award. Meredith Colias-pete, Post-Tribune, "'I wanted to turn over the table': Gary parents speak out after their autistic son was dubbed 'most annoying' at school," 13 June 2019 Prior to retiring, Patricia was a paraprofessional for the East Hartford Board of Education. Hartford Courant,, "Patricia W. Braun," 27 May 2018 Union officials said the contract covers about 129,000 employees at the city Department of Education, including teachers, guidance counselors, paraprofessionals and psychologists. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "NYC and Teachers Union Reach Tentative $2.1 Billion Deal," 11 Oct. 2018 Media: Fox10Phoenix The increased salaries for teachers, administrators, PISD police and paraprofessionals will add $10.9 million to the district’s budget, according to the documents. Jaimy Jones, Houston Chronicle, "Pasadena ISD OKs pay raise for teachers," 7 July 2018 Over her career, Waddell worked as a paraprofessional and a teacher at Sawnee Elementary, Cumming Elementary and Haw Creek Elementary in the Forsyth County school district. Chelsea Prince, ajc, "Georgia teacher’s request for funeral: Backpacks with school supplies," 25 June 2018 The district employs a total of 852 certified and non-certified professionals including teachers, service professionals, paraprofessionals, support staff and administrators. Alexandra Kukulka,, "District 225 support staff to get yearly 3.75 percent salary increases in new contract," 5 June 2018 Tingley will serve as East Hartford Public Schools' representative at the 7th annual state paraprofessional of the year program and will be recognized by the State Department of Education in December. Courant Community, "Community News For The East Hartford Edition," 5 June 2018 Educators' demands include immediate 20 percent teacher pay raises, competitive pay for support staff such as bus drivers and paraprofessionals, and restoring the $1 billion in state funding for education that has been cut since the recession. azcentral, "LIVE updates: Thousands of teachers, supporters walk out for more education funding," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of paraprofessional

1962, in the meaning defined above

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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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