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Teacher aides will earn more this summer while making a difference in the life of children

Happy young man smiling, standing next to a smiling woman
Teacher Aide Mollie Trauber (right) and student Omier start out on their walk together at the Rosemary Kennedy School.

Join the Nassau BOCES Special Education team, now offering $125 per day to teacher aides

Omier has a wide smile as he walks down the hallway with his favorite teacher aide, Mollie Trauber. The walk provides Omier an opportunity to self-regulate, supporting his abilities to focus on his instructional goals. Ms. Trauber looks forward to the walks as much as Omier does. “Every day I see my students make strides, gain life skills and independence. I love seeing them happy,” says Ms. Trauber, an 11-year veteran teacher aide at the Nassau BOCES Rosemary Kennedy School in North Bellmore. The school offers programs designed for students with moderate to severe developmental disabilities. “This job makes me a better person—personally and professionally. I find that there are mini-rewards every day.”

If you or someone you know likes working with students like Omier, why not apply to be a teacher aide this summer at a Nassau BOCES program. The Nassau BOCES Special Education team is now hiring for its Summer 2022 Extended Year Program. The program runs from July 1 - August 12 at various locations throughout Nassau County and there are multiple opportunities available for teachers, teacher aides, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech and language therapists and nurses. In particular, high school and college students interested in careers in education may want to explore their options by working as teacher aides. Ms. Trauber says the job has taught her “empathy and compassion.” Ms. Trauber has found that she wants to help educate people, saying, “It may be challenging at times, but it can be very rewarding. What we do every day makes a difference in the lives of these children.”

For detailed information on each position and how to apply, see Certain positions require NYS certification. While a demonstrated commitment and experience assisting or educating students is a plus, a willingness to make a difference in a child’s life is all it takes. Hours and pay rates vary based on position and level of experience.

The Nassau BOCES Department of Special Education serves approximately 2,100 students and 1,300 of those students attend the Extended Year Summer program. Over 2,000 teachers, teacher aides, occupational and physical therapists, speech and language therapists and nurses staff the program and work with these special students daily.

“I wish I had found this job years ago,” says Ms. Trauber. “I love working with students so much that I am now back at school to become a Special Education teacher.”