Paraeducator makes connections with students


Miller Middle School special education teacher Deb Johnson, right, said paraeducator Mehlon Maxwell, left, is a valuable member of the special education staff at Miller.

Mehlon Maxwell said she loves making connections with students in her work as a paraeducator at Miller Middle School.

Maxwell’s peers have also taken note of her talents as a special education staff member. Miller special education teacher Deb Johnson said Maxwell has great people skills.

“She has a knack for working with people of all ages, both students and staff,” Johnson said. “Mehlon not only does what is expected, but when that is done, she seeks out and finds other ways that she can help students learn.”

Johnson felt so strongly about the good work Maxwell does that she nominated her for an AEA 267 paraprofessional award. Though Maxwell did not receive the award, which was given to someone from another district in the AEA 267 area, Johnson believes she is worthy of recognition.

“I nominated Mehlon for the paraeducator award because she goes way above and beyond what she is required to do as a paraeducator,” Johnson said.