The following message is from the Paraeducator Council President, Cynthia Ross-Zweig on April 7th, 2021 which has been marked Connecticut’s Paraeducator Appreciation Day:
Today our State recognizes the crucial work of paraeducators and celebrates the integral role they play in the education community. The role of a paraeducator is comprehensive, but it is with this broad stroke approach that the individual and unique needs of each and every student is realized. Without paraeducators the students with special needs, the students that require the one-on-one attention and the students that need the extra help to excel would be left without the necessary support system. In fact, all students, regardless of special needs or status, benefit from the work of paraeducators in their schools.
Today CSEA SEIU Local 2001 thanks the tireless efforts of everyone of our paraeducators who has fought throughout the pandemic for the safety and educational needs our the students, parents and the community they serve. Without this critical role, many of our State’s students would have fallen even further behind in their academic work, but because of the adaptive, creative and resilient work of the paraeducator community, not one student was left without the support they needed.Today (and everyday!) we thank our Paraeducator Council for their dedication to their educational community.In Solidarity,Cynthia Ross-ZweigCSEA SEIU Local 2001Paraeducator Council President