Teaching assistants (TAs) are the backbone of day and residential programs at Perkins School for the Blind. Each student at Perkins has unique needs, depending on his or her visual impairment, amount of hearing and additional disabilities. Our TAs work one-on-one with students to develop strong bonds, understand each student’s strengths and weaknesses and create the best possible environment for learning and growth.
About 120 TAs work on campus, day and night, providing direct care and developing independent living skills with Perkins students. Some are recent college graduates; some have work experience in educational settings; and some are looking for a career change later in life. The only requirement for being a TA is a passion for working with students and an eagerness to learn new skills. Our TAs go on to become teachers, nurses, orientation and mobility specialists and more.
Nothing is more rewarding than seeing a student’s progress, whether it’s signing a question for the first time, trying a new sport or composing a heartfelt essay for English class. Hear from our TAs, past and present, about what they enjoyed most about the position:
Sydney Hopen, TA, Deafblind Program
"I tell everyone all the time how fortunate I am to work here. The resources here are so incredible. There’s so many opportunities at Perkins to explore. It’s such a good base for someone starting out, to figure out who you are and challenge yourself. The tuition reimbursement – I’m going to utilize that soon to go back to school. That’s such a privilege.”
Antoine Laham, TA, Lower School
"The best part of working at Perkins is the reaction you get from the kids – them being really, really happy. I never thought I would work in a school system. But I was like, let me give it a shot and see what happens. Before you know it, you spend a few years here and that’s it, time flies.”
Rachel Antonino, teacher, Lower School
"I’ve been at Perkins for 8 years and worked my way up from being a TA. I became an assistant house parent and then I became a teacher in 2016. Spending time here helped me figure out my interests, and when I was in graduate school, everyone was so supportive. They made it flexible so I could fit my student-teaching hours in with my full-time job in the cottages, and living on campus for free saved me so much money. I can’t say enough good things about the people I’ve gotten to know over the years. I really love my job – there’s just a community of people here who really care.”
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