Allentown teachers' aides say they are underpaid

Gloria Hanby has been a teacher's aide in the Allentown School District nonstop since 1979. Full Story
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Melanie Bartmess

Albuquerque, NM

#82 Jun 27, 2010
Appreciative Teacher wrote:
Anyone who dares to insult their intelligence or motivation should get an education themselves. Teacher's aides are a vital part of the school. As people who work towards the education of our children and are held to the same standards as teachers, it is only right that they have a better salary.
Glad someone has a clue. The other teacher's comments are definitely limited in understanding. I love any opportunity to do lesson plans and am good at it but can't; I've taken Praxis and other tests and done well on them but am not respected for my knowledge and skill or given opportunity to use them much; etc etc etc I may find another way to earn a living and then volunteer an hour or two a week to work with kids. Inclusion is particularly difficult, having numerous classes to go to and work with several kids in each class, but not having the benefit of knowing what was going on before I got to the class, no textbook to refer to, no lesson plans, no place to sit, no place to hang my bag or coat, no respect because all is defered to the teacher and so in a situation where can't help the teacher accomplish what she or he would ultimately want to accomplish with those particular students. now I'm just rambling
I hear you

Wellington, New Zealand

#83 Sep 14, 2011
This world is too much based around greed, money & power struggles. It would be a much better place if there was more love.

I work as a teachers aide but am resigning soon. I am grateful to have a job but I cannot save for my future dreams on this horrifically low pay. I love the beautiful students and staff. But my health & happiness is also very important to me! I have made a huge difference in my time there & now I know it's time to move on.

A big congratulations to all the hard working people out there who dedicate their energy into making this world a better place.

Take care of yourself!!!

Peace love & Gratitide :)
Rick

Lehighton, PA

#84 Sep 25, 2011
Melanie Bartmess wrote:
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Glad someone has a clue. The other teacher's comments are definitely limited in understanding. I love any opportunity to do lesson plans and am good at it but can't; I've taken Praxis and other tests and done well on them but am not respected for my knowledge and skill or given opportunity to use them much; etc etc etc I may find another way to earn a living and then volunteer an hour or two a week to work with kids. Inclusion is particularly difficult, having numerous classes to go to and work with several kids in each class, but not having the benefit of knowing what was going on before I got to the class, no textbook to refer to, no lesson plans, no place to sit, no place to hang my bag or coat, no respect because all is defered to the teacher and so in a situation where can't help the teacher accomplish what she or he would ultimately want to accomplish with those particular students. now I'm just rambling
Nobody cares !
Izzy

Allentown, PA

#85 Oct 8, 2013
for those of you who say just quit or Why didn't they finish college and become a full teacher? You desrve to lose your job for thinking and speaking in that form.
tomatoe bob

Allentown, PA

#86 Oct 8, 2013
"Teachers know"]Aides in Special Education classes should get EVEN MORE![/so sad the dr. mayo , don't care for us. he only care for him self and his money. no feeling
reading is good

Chicago, IL

#87 Oct 12, 2013
They deserve a living wage! Corbett has cut education while increasing prison funding. He needs to go back to whatever rock he crawled out from under. A real pos

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