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Continued: Immigrants train to work in Burnsville classrooms as teacher aides

  • Article by: ERIN ADLER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 6, 2013 - 11:59 PM

Anisa Amin of Bloomington took the class this winter and found the lessons on behavioral management especially useful. She also learned how to read aloud to a group and how to teach math, she said.

“It’s a very good, essential program — and Somalian children can benefit, too,” said Amin, who came here from Somalia a decade ago. “When someone’s from your country, knows your language, you become a little bit more comfortable.”

Hunt said the response from students and the district has been very positive. With fall and winter sessions under his belt, he’s seen about two dozen students complete the class.

“I think the students really appreciate a step into a more professional type of job rather than working assembly or at a restaurant,” Hunt said.

Hunt was pleased that seven of the nine students from the fall class who took the paraprofessional exam passed it. He is already planning for next fall’s class, which has five students on the waiting list. Recently, another ABE program contacted him to ask about replicating the class, he said.

Erin Adler • 952-746-3283

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