At Marion Elementary School, Instructional Assistant Shannon Ward gives students who need it, a little extra attention. Although school is all virtual, for now, we found her making sure a couple of her students were keeping up with their reading.
Third graders Camden and Evan read to Ms. Ward about triathlons.
The extra work centered on a fun subject is helping them on their educational journey.
"Having Ms. Ward, It brings me joy that she can have somebody just help me with the words instead of trying to figure it out," says Evan.
Like Evan, Camden says Ms. Ward helps him beyond his regular classroom.
"It’s kind of hard whenever everybody’s in the classroom talking. And, there’s not a lot of people in small groups," Camden adds.
"Every kid needs to believe in themselves and have that confidence," explains Ward. "Working with them in groups of one, two, three, I can really help them believe what they can do."
Camden’s dad, Corey, says Ms. Ward has already made a huge impact on his son.
"Camden really likes the math, so reading is a struggle, and having him more focused with Ms. Ward, has definitely helped," states Corey. " You can already see improvements just from the beginning of the class to the end of the class."
Shannon Ward has been an instructional assistant at Marion Elementary for 15 years.
As a former student here she got into teaching while volunteering in her daughter’s classroom.
She also enjoys attending many of her student's ballgames and other extracurricular activities.
"We’re a family. We’re a team," Ward explains. "And, it’s just like we’re going to do whatever we need to do for the kids, and we also do whatever we need to do for each other. That’s what makes Marion so special."