Copperas Cove ISD instructional aide Anna Wakley looks for signs of success not just in academic scores but in student behavior. Wakley works with students who are mandated to attend CCISD’s Disciplinary Alternative Education Program for students who have made incorrect behavior choices and need additional support.

“My favorite part of being a paraprofessional is when I am able to make a connection with a student,” she said. “Even if it’s just one student, for one day, or even just one class period. “That connection might be something as small as making eye contact, or a smile, or a ‘yes ma’am’ instead of ‘yeah’ or ‘huh.’ I like to think that those little things will eventually lead to bigger and better things.”

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