Just recently, someone asked the question, "Who do you admire?" There were many responses from people including public figures, important celebrities and cherished family members. It didn't take me long to answer. I admire the parents and families of my students with special needs.
Every day I have the extreme joy of being able to touch people's lives. I get to watch children blossom and grow in big and small ways. To find joy in the fact that someone spontaneously greeted me or someone counted past 5. To teach a struggling child how to read and watch his/her face light up when it happens. It is a gift that these children are in my life.
I admire their parents who work tirelessly to help make them successful. The parents who come to grips with the fact that there is someone different about their child...to accept and celebrate their unique learning needs. The parents who are willing to do whatever it takes to help their child become the best he/she can be.
Some of my students have great, significant, all-emcompassing needs. I am with them during the school day, but the parents are there for life. Day in and day out. I admire their strength and resolve. They have taught me about unconditional love. And my heart is more open because of it...
I recently did a page about my job:
I get a lot of thanks from parents, and my response is, "Your welcome." But it is also, "Thank you." Thank you for sharing your wonderful child with me. For letting him/her touch my life in a way that no other could.