I have always enjoyed working with children, and I knew that I wanted to pursue a career in education. When I was in high school, I had the opportunity to work with students who had special needs, and I loved it. It was so rewarding to see the progress these students made, and I knew that I wanted to make a difference in their lives.
Now, as an adult, I am pursuing my dream of becoming a special education teacher. I want to help students with special needs reach their full potential and lead happy, successful lives. It is my hope that by working as a special education teacher, I can make a positive impact on the lives of those who need it most.
I’ve been a special education instructor for seven years. My first three years were spent in a Title 1 school, where I worked with some of the area’s most economically disadvantaged youngsters. Those are my “Trial by Fire” years, when nearly every kid on my caseload had an awful tale to tell. I frequently wept during those days. Because it was too difficult for me to sit in the temple full of well-to-do individuals who had no idea what I was going through, I stopped going to church.
The next four years I spent in a very affluent district. The contrast between the two experiences was shocking. In my affluent district, the children had every resource imaginable at their disposal. They had ample support at home and their parents were highly involved in their education.
I loved both experiences for different reasons. In my Title 1 school, I felt like I was making a difference in the lives of my students. In my affluent district, I was able to fine-tune my teaching methods and really hone in on best practices.
So why do I want to be a special education teacher?
I want to be a special education teacher because I believe that all children deserve an excellent education. It doesn’t matter what their circumstances are, all children have the right to learn and grow in a safe and nurturing environment.
That will make a wonderful story for another time. It took a lot of prayer and self-reflection to get me out of that depression. I now teach 30 minutes away in one of my hometown’s most affluent schools, and guess what? I have a student on my caseload who is exactly like Ryan. What are the chances?
The first time I met Ryan, he was a freshman in high school. He was bright, outgoing, and had a great sense of humor. However, he struggled academically and socially. He had been diagnosed with a learning disability and was receiving special education services.
I became Ryan’s case manager during his sophomore year. I worked closely with him and his family to ensure that he received the necessary support and services to be successful in school. I advocated for him, challenged him, and encouraged him.
I saw firsthand the difference that quality special education services can make for a student like Ryan. It was because of my experience with Ryan that I decided to become a special education teacher.
I want to make a difference in the lives of students with disabilities. I want to be the one who advocates for them, challenges them, and encourages them. I believe that every student is capable of success if given the right support and services.
Every kid on the special education team has a unique and difficult path to walk. It’s tough for all involved, particularly the kids, parents, and teachers who work with those special individuals. Some difficulties are straightforward, while others wake you up at three o’clock in the morning with a racing heart and a hole in your stomach. Being a special education teacher is definitely something Special education is a demanding vocation.
I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to work with kids. In high school, I volunteered in a second grade classroom and loved every minute of it. I laughed with the students, cried with them, and shared in their victories. That’s when I knew that working with kids was my passion.
After high school, I attended college for elementary education. It wasn’t until my junior year that I realized that my true calling was working with special needs students. I did an internship in a special education classroom and immediately fell in love. The students were amazing; they worked so hard and never gave up no matter how many times they failed. They inspired me on a daily basis.
I am now in my fourth year of teaching and I can’t imagine doing anything else. It’s not an easy job, but it’s so rewarding. Seeing the students progress, even if it’s just a small step, is the best feeling in the world. Knowing that I was a part of that progress is even better.
So, why do I want to be a special education teacher? Because it’s my calling. I was meant to work with these incredible students and help them reach their full potential. It’s who I am supposed to be.
I wasn’t always sure that I wanted to be a teacher. In high school, I considered going into the medical field because I love helping people and science was always my best subject. However, a lot of my family members are in education so I decided to give it a try. I student taught in an inclusive preschool classroom and instantly fell in love with teaching. Each day brought new challenges and opportunities to grow as a professional.
Now, as a special education teacher, I get to work with some of the most incredible students. My students have faced more challenges than most people will ever experience in their lifetime, but they continue to fight and persevere. They amaze me every single day with their strength, resilience, and compassion.
I am so grateful to be a special education teacher and get to work with such amazing students. Every day is a new adventure and I am constantly learning and growing alongside my students.