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A trained worker who is not a member of a given profession but assists a professional.
Of or performing the work of a paraprofessional.
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designating a person who is not fully qualified in a profession, but who helps qualified professionals with their work
a paraprofessional person
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(ˌpær ə prəˈfɛʃ ə nl)

1. a person trained to assist a doctor, lawyer, teacher, or other professional.
2. of or pertaining to paraprofessionals.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.paraprofessional - a trained worker who is not a member of a profession but who assists a professional
assistant, helper, help, supporter - a person who contributes to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose; "my invaluable assistant"; "they hired additional help to finish the work"
legal assistant, paralegal - a person with specialized training who assists lawyers
paramedic, paramedical - a person trained to assist medical professionals and to give emergency medical treatment
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Headquartered in Cherry Hill, NJ, S4T provides substitute teachers, paraprofessionals, and educational support staff to over 150 K-12 school districts.
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However, Latino paraprofessionals face obstacles in the process of becoming teachers.