As cliché as this may sound, teaching chose me. These amazing children impacted my life so much that I changed majors to spend a lifelong career working with these students. I work with medically significant moderate to severe students. These children have global disabilities including cognitive, social, and physical (seizures, g-tube fed, immobility). Their lives are precious and through experience I’ve learned they can be here one day and gone the next. I love working with these diverse, spunky, empathetic, loving students. Despite of all the daily challenges, they make an impact in all the lives of those who surround them and across all individuals they encounter in and outside of school.
“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” I love this quote from Dr. Seuss because it embraces the fact that every student is different.
My students were born to stand out despite of all the odds (seizures, g-tube feedings, lack of mobility) against them! They push forward, adapt, excel, love, and master their goals and objectives. They are a resilient bunch! I only want the best for them and the environment around them and support their learning and growth.
When my students come into the classroom, I want them to feel welcomed into a friendly, resourceful, successful, and safe environment. Every morning our students participate in morning meeting. Morning meeting consists of our students having the opportunity to develop and work on their social, vocational, and communicative skills. This area needs a rug to cover the hard tile floor, so my students can gather around to sit down. Our students need new pocket charts, so we can set up our daily schedule and work on attendance. In addition, our students need new storage units, where they can place their supplies, both school supplies and health supplies (i.e. g-tube feeding formula and equipment). Our students would also benefit from a mobile work station, where they can either stand or sit to navigate the classroom laptop when presenting or participating in classroom curriculum.
The donations to this project will help improve not only our Morning Meeting Area, but our Cooking Center too.
We have an enrichment program called “master chefs” where our students Cook to Learn. Our cooking center needs pots and pans, toaster, silverware holder and kitchen mats. Not only does our Cooking to Learn teach our students about math, science, life skills, and functional skills, but it can take our students to the next level with the proper cooking tools. Lastly, we would like to install some curtains in our classroom to reduce distractions and the amount of light coming in. It becomes very difficult for my students to focus on instruction from the projector when the sun is beaming through the windows. Every day is an opportunity to celebrate even the smallest of victories, and your donation no matter the amount is a victory, thank you.
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