Mission & History


Mission Statement

The North Carolina Association of Teacher Assistants promotes the important role of teacher assistants in the public schools, provides professional training opportunities, and works to improve salaries and employment security.


A small group of teacher assistants began meeting in the early eighties, for the purpose of enhancing and promoting their profession.

Teacher assistants emerged in North Carolina during Governor Jim Hunt’s administration as part of the 1975 Primary Reading Program, designed to improve literacy among children in early elementary schools. Student achievement scores improved significantly after the introduction of the Primary Reading Program and teacher assistants to the classrooms,.

The Association has grown from its modest roots to an organization of nearly 5000 members.

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