February has come and gone- and I feel like each month moves faster than the last. In our district we have paraprofessionals that work with our students and staff. They are a huge asset to our school and without them, I don't think we could get through one day smoothly!
Long before I came to the current school I am now working at, Ms. Riley has been a paraprofessional- and EVERYONE knows Ms. Riley. She works at car loading, in the classrooms, in the cafeteria, and everywhere in between.
During the month of February, she dressed up and impersonated (truly and with passion! ) different people in history. Some of the obvious ones would include MLK, Aretha Franklin, and Rosa Parks. BUT keep in mind that there were 19 days in February... EACH DAY she impersonated a black man/woman in history and taught everyone something new to expand our ideas.
Some of my favorites included Duke Ellington ( yes, good ol' Duke with an electric keyboard under her arm all day, playing tunes for everyone and anyone who walked by) and Ella Fitzgerald. She sang her way through the hallways- telling everyone who she was. Of the 19 people she impersonated, I probably only knew five- she taught me a ton this month- and I am sure she showed the kids a different side of learning. One without books, movies, iPads, or iTunes. Learning can be done in SEEING and DOING- and that is exactly what she did...
Ms. Riley- you are one of a kind and we are lucky to have you- you're as crazy as can be and we wouldn't change ya for all the tea in China, or the all the money in the world- we love ya and thanks for teaching our kids something new:)
Teaching is doing,