Special Education Teacher, Newtown, CT - July 3, 2014
Being a classroom Special Education teacher taught me to be flexible because my plans for the day may be changed by a variety of factors. I also learned to multi-task, improvise and think quickly in order to provide continual instruction to all of the children, while diffusing volatile and/or disruptive students and situations. I maintained ongoing communication with administrators and kept them apprised of the needs of the families and children we served. Working on a team of 10 professionals, gleaning from each one the best and most appropriate programming and strategies for each child, was an enlightening and rewarding experience. I believe teaming is the best way to create a healthy workplace and create a beneficial and productive environment. The hardest part of the job was moving the program 13 times in 14 years. Our program was district-wide, serving all of the students of Newtown, and depending on the space needs, our program was moved from school to school. Working with the students and families on a daily basis and witnessing the progress was the most rewarding and enjoyable part of teaching children with special needs. It is a job I loved and will miss.