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A day in the life of an Education Assistant, Kaye Sharland

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Kaye Sharland is an education assistant who works collaboratively with teachers and other professionals to support students with exceptional learning needs. Find out more about her role and daily responsibilities.

What is your name and how are you today?

Kaye Sharland, education assistant. I've been working with the Vancouver School District since 2007 and have been at Selkirk for nine years now. We are currently at Gladstone with the Grade 6 and 7s during seismic upgrading at the main school.

What is your daily routine?

My job is unpredictable at the best of times.

My morning consists of supporting students in a resource classroom including students with learning designations. My recess and lunch are spent outside connecting with the intermediate students. I love this opportunity to get to know more students. Usually I am playing counsellor on the playground, but I love that, as students feel safe talking and confiding in me.

My afternoon is spent working with the grade 7 class which I love.

Evening is spent at home cooking, watching movies , playing Xbox, spending time with the boyfriend.

What is your favourite part of your job?

My favourite part of my job is the acceptance of students and staff with me being transgendered and transitioning. The proper use of my pronouns are automatic for the students now and I feel very safe and dare I say "normal" when I hear she and her being used.

I have also enjoyed starting and continuing a GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance) club at our school.

How has the pandemic impacted your job?

The pandemic has made me very anxious at work. I find the social distancing and mask wearing difficult when working so closely with students who have special needs.

Do you have a work tip?

A work tip is to take care of yourself first, as no one else will!

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