Massillon Independent Difference Maker: Paula Ali, Tuslaw

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NAME – Paula Ali

THE SCHOOL – Tuslaw High School

RESIDENCE – Massillon

JOB TITLE – Secretary of Programs and Special Education

HOW LONG WITH DISTRICT – 22 years old

FAMILY – Husband of 35 years, Ramey; daughter, Brittney, 30; and soon to be son-in-law, Tim.

NOMINATION – “Positive, personable and a problem solver, Paula Ali is a true gift to the local schools of Tuslaw. Paula’s warmth and her ‘windshield wiper dance’ are sure to brighten anyone’s day. As a As Curriculum and Special Education Secretary, Paula performs all of her duties in a timely and professional manner with superior attention to detail. We are so lucky to have Paula on our team. Paula always has a smile on her face. on her lips and a warm welcome in her heart.”

WHAT IS THE MOST REWARDING PART OF YOUR JOB? – The inner action of the wonderful people I work with, from administrators, special education teachers, speech pathologist and psychologist, to office staff. It’s an incredible team.

WHAT IS MOST DIFFICULT? – I don’t think there are any challenges when you have great people to work with and team support.

IF YOU DON’T DO THIS, YOU WILL BE… – …still a stay-at-home mom. That being impossible, the position I have is truly my dream job here in Tuslaw.

TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT THE STUDENTS YOU DEAL WITH THAT MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW OR LIKE – I don’t have the opportunity to work with students, but I have students who will come to my office and read to me, and that’s something I look forward to.

HOW TO RELAX AFTER A LONG DAY OF WORK? – I’m running on my treadmill listening to music and playing Candy Crush and I’m looking forward to my daughter’s phone call because she calls me every day on her way home from work.

STUDENTS AND COLLABORATORS WILL BE SURPRISED TO KNOW THAT YOU… – I am a homebody. I like to sit on the terrace with my husband and listen to music.

WHAT IS A RESPONSIBILITY ABOUT YOUR JOB THAT YOU DIDN’T KNOW WAS EXISTING BEFORE YOU TAKE IT ON? – Papers for auditors.

Paula Ali, Curriculum and Special Services Secretary for Tuslaw Local Schools, is The Massillon Independent's Difference Maker for May.  Tuesday, May 3, 2022.
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