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When did you realize you wanted to be a special education teacher?
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I realized I wanted to be a Special Education Teacher after becoming a Student Helper to a child with Autism. I worked closely with the child, developed progress monitoring and instructional tools to assist the student.
Since I was in second grade, I had the dream to be a teacher. My teacher Mrs. Dragone was a teacher the possessed only the best qualities. When I entered second grade I was shy and timid. I knew that my reading levels where low. From the time I walked into her class, she provided me with the skills I needed to succeed. Her skills and daily guidance encouraged me to be most like her. At the end of the day, I ultimately want to help students succeed and have a role model guiding them throughout the most important aspects of their lives.
I realized it when I started working with students in the Special Olympics.
I realized that I wanted to be a special education teacher when I was getting my Masters in Teaching. My Masters thesis was working with At Risk Youth--teaching using Authentic Instruction. I made great connections with the students who were in my practicum classes of US History and American Government. I saw them blossom when I used their strengths to learn the subject at hand.
When I moved to AL 10 years ago.
When working as an assistant in a behavioral classroom. I decided to go back to school to get my special education degree.
I realized that I wanted to be a special education teacher when I did a long term substitute teacher position and I was successful at it. I loved working with the students and the aides. I had learned a lot from that position and felt that I could contribute my skills and talent best through it.
I realized that I wanted to be a special education teacher when I was a preschool aide for special needs children. I like watching them thrive in their developmental skills and watching them smile when they get it right.
I realized I wanted to be a special education teacher after my summers at the Wisconsin Early Autism Project. I felt that I had a connection with the students I worked with and wanted to continue working with students who have autism specifically.
I realized I wanted to be a special education teacher when I was a substitute for a learning support classroom, which I had never done before. I felt like I made a difference to those children and it felt wonderful.