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 Mrs. Deb Myers, an educational assistant at Booker T. Washington High School.
What motivates you?
Seeing the difference I make even to just one student motivates me keep doing what I do. I love working with kids. When I connect with even one who is struggling for whatever reason and see a smile come to their face, it melts my heart. Then to see that light bulb light as they discover that they can do it is so rewarding. It makes them feel so proud of themselves and I am also proud of them and tell them so.
How has your job changed due to COVID?
COVID has changed the way I determine the mood the kids are in when they arrive at school. The masks cover much of their face making it more difficult to read. I have to listen and watch for an indication of the kind of day we may have. Some students are so soft spoken that with social distancing it is often harder to communicate when trying to assist them with lessons. It has also been harder to get them motivated with all of the online work. They liked the projects and other things that could be done to go along with the text.
What is something that people don’t understand about your job?
I don’t think people realize that my job is not just a “teaching assistant.” I do so many things in my position. I am the health designee, have stood in for the teachers, and been the relief so the secretary can go to lunch to name a few. Let me know what or where you need me and I will do what I can to the best of my ability. All of this while being there for the students.
Why do you love VCSC/your school?
I love working for VCSC. The Vigo County School Corporation has the best people working for them. All are so caring of other staff and all of the students no matter their circumstances. I began with VCSC back in the 90’s in Terre Haute South’s cafeteria. After about 7 years, I thought I’d try something different. I missed the kids and the atmosphere of the school system, so I returned as an Educational Assistant with special needs in the elementary schools. I loved working with the younger children, but after about 13 years and getting older I needed a change from special ed. I transferred to Booker T Washington when they had an opening for an E.A and I love it. Working with young adults is a slightly different rewarding, but rewarding all the same. Staff and teaching style has gone through a change in the 4 years that I have been here, but everyone has been great and all care so much for the wellbeing of all the students. I couldn’t ask for a better place to work.
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.