We Are SEIU 1021 – Debra Richard
Instructional Assistant, Special Education - Oakland Unified School District
Each week we’ll feature every day heroes: SEIU 1021 members who care for our sick and elderly, educate our children, keep our cities moving, and ensure that courts work for everyone.
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“I have always wanted to work with kids, and I love education. My greatest reward is witnessing my students accomplish things that no one thought they could. I will never get tired of hearing a parent tell me how far their child has come since being in our classroom! Even though the District no longer provides in-service training for us, I am constantly taking classes on my own to better myself. I want to learn the latest best practices so that I can connect to each of my students, no matter what cultural background they come from, no matter what learning challenges they may have. My ongoing education helps me to have the greatest impact on each student.”
Debra Richard, Instructional Assistant, Special Education
Oakland Unified School District