paraprofessional

noun
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)

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 Josephine Valdez, 30, a public school paraprofessional from the Bronx, did not. Sarah Maslin Nir, New York Times, 24 Oct. 2021 According to the Garvin County News Star, Moore was hired last month to work as a special education paraprofessional. Steve Helling, PEOPLE.com, 28 Sep. 2021 Back in Connecticut in 1999, Sharpe was hired as a paraprofessional at Jumoke Academy by his mother, school founder Thelma Ellis Dickerson. Edmund H. Mahony, courant.com, 31 Aug. 2021 Ragland got involved in teaching after his mother convinced him to take a test to become a paraprofessional. James E. Causey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 June 2021 Mykiara's mom, Erica Richardson, works as a paraprofessional at Middletown Middle School. Cameron Knight, The Enquirer, 22 July 2021 Eschman began his educational career in Belleville Township District 201, having served as both a substitute teacher and a paraprofessional, officials said. Linda Girardi, chicagotribune.com, 22 July 2021 Despite knowledge of his history and complaints to the district administration from school staff members, the complaint says, DuMarce was hired as an elementary paraprofessional. John Reinan, Star Tribune, 16 July 2021 Herrera said there are five classes in the Waukegan program, with 10 students, one teacher and one paraprofessional in each classroom. Steve Sadin, chicagotribune.com, 25 June 2021

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First Known Use of paraprofessional

1962, in the meaning defined above

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“Paraprofessional.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/paraprofessional. Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

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paraprofessional

noun

English Language Learners Definition of paraprofessional

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

paraprofessional

noun
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)

paraprofessional

noun
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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