Andrea Tanner and her son Colin asked the Orange County commissioners Thursday to keep teacher’s assistants in mind as they decide next year’s Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools budget.
She has witnessed the effect that a teacher’s assistant can have on fourth- and fifth-graders and the meaningful relationship that can develop, said Tanner, a parent volunteer at Seawell Elementary School in Chapel Hill.
Teacher’s assistants also take a lot of pressure off the teacher, said Colin Tanner, a Seawell fourth-grader.
“For example, if we are struggling and a teacher is with another student, then our second option for for help could be a TA. Also, when the TA is in the room, the transition goes smoother and the room is under control,” he said.
Orange County Schools teacher Maggie Holly thanked the commissioners for last year’s increase in the local supplement paid to teachers.
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