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Every Saturday, we highlight a non-teaching staff member on our Facebook and Twitter (@vcsc_teamvigo) account, turning Saturday into #Staffurday to introduce you to some of the people who make school happen!

Every year is a great year to celebrate our staff, but this year has shined a bright light on the flexibility and compassion of our incredible staff.

Today, meet Heather Parsons, an educational assistant at Sugar Creek Consolidated Elementary School.

What motivates you?
What motivates me every day are my three boys and my Consolidated kids. My biggest motivator is the hope that I can help change the lives of these kids by helping them enjoy going to school and making their school experience awesome.

How has your job changed due to COVID?
COVID changed my work life tremendously by limiting the contact that I have with my kiddos on a daily basis. Sometimes when kids are having a rough day or morning, seeing your smile or giving a small hug or high five can change their day. Being in school during a pandemic has really been a struggle for students and staff emotionally and physically. Our students at Consolidated amaze me every day with how they have been coping with living through a pandemic.

What is something that people don’t understand about your job?
It takes a lot of patience, adaptability, and dedication. It is not a typical 9-5 job where you sit behind a computer all day. You actually have to get in and interact with the children, making sure they are staying on track with their learning and most importantly making sure they are safe.

Why do you love VCSC/your school?
I love Consolidated because we are one big family, not just in the school sense but because West Terre Haute is such a small close-knit community. I grew up with a lot of the staff members and my students’ parents.

Be sure to check back on Wednesday as we highlight another teacher for #RedforEd Wednesday! We’ll continue both campaigns through the end of the school year.