Every month this school year BMORE will be placing a spotlight on a different PSRP (Paraprofessional & School Related Personnel, "para") to highlight their amazing work. PSRPs are leaders who make classrooms go, and are the most underappreciated educators in Baltimore City Public Schools.
We kickoff our series with a powerhouse from Medfield Heights Elementary School, Angela Whitehead. Ms. Whitehead worked as an administrative assistant at Sears service center under the 41st street bridge, ran her own daycare, and volunteered at her children's school before jumping fully into Baltimore City Public Schools. Here are some condensed excerpts from our interview on September 17th.
How did you first get into teaching?
The initial job where I volunteered was in a special ed, self contained PAL [Program for Autistic Learners] class, and I loved it. This was at Leithwalk Elementary School 27 years ago.
What drew you into special education settings rather than the general education classrooms?
I had more patience with them than my own children. I understood their disabilities. I'm more excited with them knowing that they can achieve something over an entire year, and it makes me happier, because I know what they had to overcome. Even though I love all children, I have more patience with special needs children.