Greenville Lawmaker Shadows Teacher Assistants
Joining a number of his colleagues who have also taken up the challenge, State Senator Don Davis visited a local elementary school recently to shadow a TA and find out first hand the value they bring to students.
However, Crass only is with Downing’s class for half the day before she moves on to work with a first-grade class. After recess, Downing is on her own, meaning she will have to stop doing assessments for the day.
“You can’t leave a group of kindergarten children by themselves in this class,” Creekside Principal Carla Frinsko said.
Teacher assistants across North Carolina are being stretched thin as their coworkers lose their jobs due to lack of state funding. Sen. Don Davis, a Democrat who represents Pitt, Greene, Lenoir and Wayne counties, visited Creekside Elementary School on Friday to get a first-hand glimpse of what teacher assistants do on a daily basis.
“Teacher assistants, they play such a critical role in the classroom,” Davis said. “If we truly believe students are our future, we need to make meaningful investments in making sure they get the best education possible.”
Crass said in the 10 years she has been a teacher assistant, her responsibilities have gotten greater while the amount of time she has to get everything done has decreased.
“Originally, we lost 10 workdays,” she said. “That’s 10 days I could’ve helped the teacher get ready. Then my hours were cut from eight hours to seven and a half hours.”
Now, she is shared between two teachers.