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Instructional Assistants are Awesome!

My name is Paola Orjuela, and I am a Teacher Assistant at Rocky River Elementary. There are many reasons why I love working at Rocky River, but my main one is because I am able to share with children of lots of different countries and cultures; and they are constantly teaching me about them. My primary language is Spanish, and my second one is English. I believe that knowing two languages gives me the chance to meet even more people. I feel very lucky to able to help translate for those who do not speak a second language, so they can also know about others.
I was born in Pompano Beach, FL and grew up in Bogota, Colombia (South America). I went to St. Mary School. Then I went to university and studied Business Administration, and graduated with a major in Finance.

Mimi Chapman --- I was born and raised in Ohio. I grew up in north central Ohio and attended Ohio Northern University and received a B.S. in Biology. I have been a R. EEG T for 8 years working in Neurology Labs, stay at home mom for 10 years and a I.A. for 14 years. I have 3 wonderful children! Luke and Lucinda have graduated from college and are married, Julie is still in college. We have a sweet little Rat Terrier named Major and my husband works hard in the lawn care business. I love working with students and sharing science with them!

Written by: Brenda Todd
Posted: Jun 02, 2014 by Brenda Todd

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