The profession of educational assistant: portrait of Pauline Cakir

. Pauline Cakir is an educational assistant (AED) at La Rochotte college. This job consists of supervising, supporting and advising middle school students.

Pauline Cakir picks up every day at 7:30 a.m. When the students are in class, Pauline is in the office, in study or on the round (monitoring the corridors). The job of AED consists of several missions such as supervision, educational support, administrative tasks (storage of absence tickets, telephone parents, among others), supervision (courtyard, canteen, study, homework done and detention hours which generally take place from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.). Of course, to be AED, you must hold a general or professional baccalaureate. At La Rochotte college, there are 7 AEDs. Pauline works about 41 hours a week, and here is a typical day:

from 7.45 a.m. to 8 a.m.: hall surveillance, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.: office (answering calls and managing administration), from 11 a.m. to 1.30 p.m.: break and hall surveillance, from 1.30 p.m. 5 p.m.: in front of the forecourt (surveillance in front of the college).

She likes to be in the office to manage the absences of pupils but also to ensure the studies because she likes the contact with the pupils. She really enjoys her work, and more generally working with teenagers. She indicates that the days pass very quickly and that the work is interesting and varied.

Louison BEAUVALLET and Soline SUEUR (6e).