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Local partnership helps high school student find new passion

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Hands-on learning is exactly what Lima Senior High school student Dawnisha Fisher is getting this year. Hands-on learning is exactly what Lima Senior High school student Dawnisha Fisher is getting this year.
Fisher plans to become a full-time paraprofessional at Unity Elementary after graduation, after the completion of her certification exams. Fisher plans to become a full-time paraprofessional at Unity Elementary after graduation, after the completion of her certification exams.

Hands-on learning is exactly what Lima Senior High school student Dawnisha Fisher is getting this year. As a senior, she is already getting the opportunity to work in a classroom as a paraprofessional.

Thanks to a partnership between Lima Senior High and Ohio Means Jobs, the early childhood education student was able to be placed in Unity Elementary School to learn and work in a kindergarten classroom.

Fisher has received experience before this, part of the Spartan 360 program where she was a mentor at the same school.

"I really enjoy it a lot," said Fisher. "When I come in the kids will be happy to see me or I enjoy helping them with their work. If I teach them something, they come back the next day and they remember what I taught them. So it kind of feels good."

This wasn’t always the path Fisher wanted. When entering the career tech program her junior year she wanted to go into graphic design. But when the class was full, she was placed in early childhood education and immediately began enjoying her experiences working with children. Now she’s using her life experience to better others.

"Really, I wasn’t doing it for myself I’m doing it to help other kids because, in Detroit, where I grew up, we didn’t really have teachers to help us with stuff like that and we were basically just on our own," Fisher said.

Knowing she didn’t want to go to college, Fisher reached out to her teacher who then reached out to Ohio Means Jobs to set up this opportunity. Now Fisher can become a certified paraprofessional after high school.

One thing I love is that she’s out there in the field right now and it’s an easy transition from high school to after graduation," said Tina Hamilton-Shoemaker, Fisher's early childhood education teacher. "If she wants to keep this job she can keep this job. Then also our partnership with Ohio Means Jobs, they will just follow her for about another year to kind of make sure she’s on the right path."

Fisher plans to become a full-time paraprofessional at Unity Elementary after graduation, after the completion of her certification exams. 

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