We’ve had a busy season and some technical difficulties at the EAW, but here, better late than never, is our Member Spotlight for November! Remember that the Member Spotlight series shines a light on one member every month who does exceptional work. Any EAW member is eligible – if you know someone, fill out our form!
For November, we are shining a spotlight on Miriam Davila for her work! Miriam has been a paraeducator in Worcester for over 30 years. She currently works at Norrback Avenue Elementary School.
The colleague who recommended Miriam said: “She is an amazing individual who is great with students and staff alike. She goes out of her way to help make sure our students have what they need to succeed and also helps implement lessons. She’s very cared for by our school and always willing to go that extra mile to get things done. Mrs. Davila is a very important part of our class and could not imagine doing everything I do without her help.”
Mrs. Davila and President Zalauskas
An Interview with Mrs. Davila
How’d It All Start?
When my son started school, I wanted to work with children and this was a great opportunity and had great hours! I wanted to see how the education system worked and I wanted to help students learn. It also helped me to continue my education as a professional.
What keeps you in the profession?
I enjoy working with the students. They are my focus – everything I do I know will benefit them. I love my job and the feeling I get when I work with students. The best feeling is when they smile and appreciate it all, and I know I’ve done my job well.
What gives you the most joy?
Working with children. I love what I do. I love working with students and helping them grow. I love being able to see them years later. When they recognize me and they tell me how they have succeeded, and I can truly see each child’s growth and development, is a wonderful moment. There’s something special about watching a child grow into their full potential.
You’ve been a paraeducator for over 30 years. What has changed about education? What advice do you have for new educators?
The most changes and the most challenges are from the changes in the curriculum and the changes in the new technology. I’ve seen more testing and big changes in technology to go with it. New educators need to be able to keep up and do what is right for the children, and do what they need to do to make sure children succeed.
I just wanted to say thank you for this recognition. I appreciate it very much. It means a lot to be recognized for my hard work, and it feels good to be acknowledged by the community in a new way.
If you have any memories or stories of Mrs. Davila, feel free to comment below.
And remember, we need your help to find and recognize outstanding members! Let us know who deserves the spotlight!
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