The Liberty Middle School paraprofessionals, while assigned to a specific classroom or group of students, routinely fill in for each other or for a teacher as the need arises. They communicate extremely well with each other and with other staff members and provide for the needs of each student. They support the educational goals of the program, school, and district, and employ positive behavior-management techniques during sometimes emotionally charged student interactions based on specific disabilities and learning challenges. Through this, they move the students through complex academic and motor exercises with grace and good humor!
The personal impact the Dream Team makes on the students and staff at Liberty is immeasurable. They take their students to interact with typically developing teens in fitness, art, technology, and music classes, and have worked to reduce, with the goal of eradicating, the stigma sometimes associated with students on IEPs. They have embraced training from the Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, and Speech/Language Pathologist to better attain the goals of each student, and have gone outside their original comfort zone to do so. They are truly the CSD Dream Team.