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 Ragland earned his own classroom after working as a paraprofessional for a year. James E. Causey,, "Black male teachers can have a profound impact in the classroom. Unfortunately, they're a rarity.," 19 Nov. 2020 Bianca De La Cruz, 33, a paraprofessional for the New York City Department of Education, works with elementary school students and has a 13-year-old daughter. NBC News, "Meet the youngest participants in Covid-19 vaccine trials: Teens and tweens," 28 Oct. 2020 The number of public school district employees known to have died of covid-19 now includes Melissa Hilton, a paraprofessional at the Cabot School District's Westside Elementary campus who worked with students in several roles. Cynthia Howell, Arkansas Online, "Governor takes virus caution," 21 Oct. 2020 Windsor Mayor Donald Trinks congratulated Connecticut’s 2020 teacher and paraprofessional of the year — from the same school district for the first ever — with an apt gambling term. Steven Goode,, "Windsor celebrates as teacher of the year, para-educator of the year both named from district," 9 Oct. 2020 Many are so emotionally troubled that, even with such small class sizes, each teacher is assigned a paraprofessional to help out in the room. Alec Macgillis, ProPublica, "The Students Left Behind by Remote Learning," 28 Sep. 2020 Priest is a paraprofessional at Eufaula High School, according to the school directory. Howard Koplowitz |, al, "Eufaula High School teacher’s assistant charged with having sex with student," 1 Sep. 2020 After a stint as a nightclub bouncer, French began a lengthy career as a paraprofessional in the Minneapolis schools. Miguel Otárola, Star Tribune, "Despite outcry, Londel French still sees parks as a refuge for homeless," 18 Aug. 2020 Following her college career, Palomino became a special education paraprofessional at Berry Middle School in Birmingham. Giana Han, al, "Former Auburn softball player Alyssia Palomino passes away," 10 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of paraprofessional

1962, in the meaning defined above

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“Paraprofessional.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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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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