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Para-educators make EXCELLENT teachers

Your dream of becoming a teacher is now within reach. You have a support

network committed to your success. Students need you!

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You CAN Become a Teacher

We are working to remove the obstacles that may be standing in your way.

Paradigm Shift’s strong coalition will support you as you work to become a teacher. You bring your determination and commitment. We help you navigate the education, training, and MTEL testing requirements while you continue working as a paraeducator or as a teacher on a waiver.


We introduce you to sources of financial aid and provide mentors and tutors to help you on your path to success. We provide the names and numbers of people to call if an issue arises.


We are with you every step of the way. 

Paradigm Shift

Dedicated to helping Black and Latinx 

paraeducators and teachers-on-waivers 

become licensed teachers.

Participating Public School Systems

Springfield  |  Amherst  |  Holyoke

Need Financial Assistance?

Paying for college can be tough. Fortunately, we can help you find financial assistance.

Meet Our Participants


Danilo Ferro

Amherst Regional Public Schools

I am becoming a teacher to empower others and help build a better future together. I appreciate the support I receive through Paradigm Shift—especially MTEL support which, for me, has been the most intimidating part of the process. My advice to others who are considering becoming teachers? Don’t be afraid of tuition costs.

You’ll have time to take care of that later.

There is a path and a lot of support.

We want to help make your journey to becoming a teacher a successful one.
The first step is knowing what to expect and where to find help along the way.
We’ve charted a step-by-step course and identified the resources you need.

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