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.
The third in our series is Deborah Knowles, an office assistant at Patterson High School who also serves as the BTU building representative for Patterson’s PSRP members. Ms. Knowles has been working in Baltimore City Public Schools for 18 years. This includes working as an office assistant at Glenmount Elementary/Middle school as well as working in the IEP department at William S. Baer, a school for children with special needs. She has been in her current position as an office assistant at Patterson High School since August 2009. We sat down with Ms. Knowles on November 27th to learn more about her. Here is a transcript of that interview.
How did you wind up working for the school district?
I volunteered for 18 years at two different schools. So the principal hired me as an SES worker where you didn’t get any benefits. They eventually did away with that.
What do you do as an office assistant?
A little bit of everything. Wherever I’m needed. My main duty is supposed to be the Class of 2020. But I do attendance for the substitutes, trips, pullouts, testing... I do the suspension reports for the month. It was different at Glenmount. That was an elementary/middle sc