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Carla Basinger,
DEMS Paraprofessional

Reason for selection: Mrs. Basinger is a bright star on the DES staff. She is willing to help out in any position she is needed. As a paraprofessional, Mrs. Basinger works with students to make sure they are staying on task and understanding their lessons. Whether it is stepping in as a substitute teacher or working as the crossing guard, Mrs. Basinger makes sure every student gets her best effort.

What do you love about working at Dalton Local Schools? 
My favorite part of working at Dalton is the kids! I love to interact with the students. I also really enjoy watching the students progress. It just amazes me how fast the students learn things. One thing I really love is when a student struggles with a topic and all of a sudden a light clicks and they start to understand. Another thing I love about Dalton is my co-workers. Everyone who works at Dalton is part of a family.

How did you get to where you are today? I was born and raised in Michigan. I was a graduate of Michigan State Univer-sity. I received a bachelor’s degree in Merchandising Man-agement. That led me to move to Chicago after graduation. I worked in retail for several years and realized I didn’t like it. I then met my husband and moved to Dalton. Once I had my two boys, I started volunteering in the school and really liked it. I applied to be a substitute teacher and worked in that role for several years. Once a position opened up to be a teacher’s assistant, I applied for the position and started working at Dalton. I have been in this position for 3 years now.

What is something about yourself people may be surprised to hear? I was a pretty good runner in high school. I lost a bet to my basketball coach and had to go out for track. I really didn’t think I would like running, but I found out I did. In my junior year, I broke our school record for the mile run. I am still on the record board since they don’t run the mile anymore. I also qualified for the State track meet. I was in a Division I school, so I did not do very well at State. I look at some of the students that have qualified for state and I really hope they enjoy every minute of it. Win or lose, it is an experience that you will never forget, so enjoy it.

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