para·​pro·​fes·​sion·​al | \ˌper-ə--prə-ˈfesh-nəl, -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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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 She was employed by the East Hartford Public Schools as a paraprofessional for over 40 years., "Loretta Fiengo," 21 May 2018 The raise for teachers, Pasadena ISD police officers, administrative staff members and paraprofessionals such as teachers’ aides equals a 3 percent increase of the midpoint of the salary range for each position. Jaimy Jones, Houston Chronicle, "Pasadena ISD OKs pay raise for teachers," 7 July 2018 The investment in school teachers and support staff will increase, however, with the addition of 13.8 teachers, 11.3 more social workers, and 14.1 paraprofessionals. Kathleen Megan,, "After Delay Last Week, Hartford Board of Education Endorses Budget Tuesday," 27 June 2018 The law firm ultimately billed $13,086, including $300 to $350 an hour for attorney fees, $110 an hour for administrative staff and $140 to $160 an hour for paraprofessionals. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "Credit repair attorney accused of charging for 'free' legal service," 24 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

: 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 \

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 \

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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