Why did you choose this profession?
I have worked in the Special Education field since I was hired by the school district and I have come to realize that this is the most rewarding profession; being able to make a difference in the lives of children with special needs.
What do you enjoy about being a Special Education Teacher?
I enjoy being able to assist students achieve their best, the communication, rapport, and support you can attain with families and teachers, and the positive difference you can make in so many lives.
What areas do you dislike about being a Special Education Teacher?
I dislike that sometimes I may not have the opportunity to experience or see the success my students achieve in the full inclusion classroom.
What special skills does it take to be a Special Education Teacher?
The unique skills I possess that compliment me as being a Special Education Teacher are my ability to differentiate instruction well, inspire students through interactive and creative classroom instruction, and the compassion and understanding I have for people.
What do you find to be the most challenging part of your job?
The most challenging part of my job is when I cannot fully reach a student due to the scars they have that no one may be able to change.
Tell me about the hours you are used to working and your schedule.
I typically work the whole time I am at school, I may work an hour after school, and I will come home and one to two hours a night and on each day of the week-end, depending on the tasks needed to be completed due to deadlines.
What are some of the benefits you are custom to as a Special Education Teacher?
I expect the benefit of seeing student achievement and progress.
What are some of your most memorable experiences as a Special Education Teacher?
Some of the most memorable experiences as a Special Education Teacher are the letters I have received from students who are moving onto another grade or leaving the school district. Also, the Positive and genuine response I received from the students when I left the third grade class I student taught in Stroudsburg; and the bonding that I have had with supportive parents.
What do you wish you knew starting out in your profession that you know now?
I wish I knew more about best practices and all the legalities involving Special Education so that I could have better prepared myself and learned more along my career path.
What advancements do you expect in the future?
I expect to see more collaboration between Special Education Teachers and Regular Education Teachers. I expect to see the advancement of students with special needs being able to be main-steamed more due do the implementation of co-teaching.
How often did you work in teams as a Special Education Teacher?
I came from working on the 9th Grade Black Team, so I only know how to work on a team, co-teach, and collaborate.
What type of stressful, high pressure situations, have you experienced?
The stressful, high pressure situations I have experienced as a Special Education Teacher are being pulled in all different directions between the necessary paperwork and the deadlines, the co-teaching, and the emergencies that present themselves throughout the day.
If you had to start over, what career would you choose instead of being a Special Education Teacher?
I believe being a Special Education Teacher is my purpose in life. I am assisting students, families, and teaching professionals.