By Janice Joiner | Posted: Wednesday November 13, 2019
We will introduce our NZEI Support staff members each day this week. We are currently working towards both a collective agreement settlement for all support staff and a pay equity settlement for teacher aides, with pay equity claims for other support staff roles.
The current "Living Wage" is $21.15, 72% of teacher aides countrywide are on Grade B which ranges from $17.70 - $20.69.
As support staff, we each have our own personal stories from our work. It's those real stories that we want to share with you!
Janice Joiner - Teacher Aide
Hello, my name is Janice Joiner and my Support Staff role at Oamaru Intermediate School as a Teacher Aide.
I have nearly 14 years of experience as a Teacher Aide, and this is my 5th year at OIS. My role is varied in this position but I have put a list of some of the things I do/need in my role:
I have a certificate in Teacher Aide and an Upgrade certificate. One of my interests is in behaviour strategies. I have completed training in Tips for Autism, and I hold a First Aid certificate.
My passion for working with students and art is a highlight in my work. These are all things I have chosen to take on so I can give students my best self. I am proud to work in the education system and my personal opinion; is it is a privilege to work as a Teacher Aide and make a difference in students lives.