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Staff Spotlight: Misty Hancock: Intensive paraprofessional at Fawn Mountain
Misty Hancock

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The Daily News recently started a Staff Spotlight column on this page in the hopes of letting the community know about the teachers in the Ketchikan School District.

All of the people featured in this section have been nominated by school principals. Misty Hancock is a special education intensive paraprofessional at Fawn Mountain Elementary School. She was nominated by principal Alonso Escalante because she “goes above and beyond every single day.”

Escalante said Hancock starts by running the school’s breakfast program, then works “selflessly through the day to support students who need a little extra love and support.”

The Daily News caught up with Hancock to ask her some questions. She began working at Fawn Mountain in April of 2006 as a one-on-one paraprofessional. A little while after her youngest daughter was born, Hancock took a break to stay with her for a year and a half.

In September of 2010, she returned to the district as an English as a second language paraprofessional. In 2011, Hancock resumed her role as a one-on-one paraprofessional, and the following year, she became an instructional paraprofessional in a special education classroom.

That year, she took over the Fawn Mountain Breakfast Program. Any student or staff can eat breakfast every day for free. The program exists through donations from families, as well as local businesses, Hancock explained.

Q: How are you different from other teachers/paraprofessionals?

A: Because of my position, I am able to work with kindergarten through sixth-grade students in small group settings.

Q: If you had to choose one thing, what would you say is the most important thing for a child to learn?

A: If I had to choose one things each of my students would learn it would be that they are loved and are capable learners.

Q: As a paraprofessional, what do you believe is your biggest responsibility?

A: As a staff member I believe my biggest responsibility is to ensure each of my students’ basic needs are met.

Q: How do you hope your students will remember you?

A: I hope my students remember me as a person who cared about them and encouraged them to be the best learner that they can be. I support my students by being available to them whenever a problem or need arises.

Q: What could a visitor to your classroom expect to see?

A: If a visitor came into the classroom they would see multi-aged students with varying needs working in small groups or one-on-one with an adult leading them in working toward meeting individual goals.