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11/10/2017

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11/10/2017

This time of year is tough… End of the first quarter brings with it so much work and responsibility on top of what is already expected. Just to name a few: parent/ teacher conferences, progress reports are due, and the holiday seasons have begun with Halloween behind us and Thanksgiving/ Christmas/ Hanukkah just around the corner. These are just some of the professional and personal things that we have going on in our ever- busy lives, but as we stop to reflect on all of this, let us never forget the why behind what we do and why we do it? As educators, the question of why is simple. We do it for our students.

Every year, John Archer School celebrates the students who have graduated by having an alumni dance where all graduates and students in our high school department are invited to attend. What a wonderful evening it was! The theme of the dance this year was “Fall that Glitters” With or without sparkly accessories, our students truly do shine. There was no better reminder of this, then the end of the evening when our principal, Randy Geyer, came up with his microphone to thank everyone for a wonderful evening. A student standing by him must have indicated that he would like the microphone to say a few words. Randy offered the microphone to him which started a line of many students, past and present, stating a few words near and dear to their hearts. While their words may have, at times been difficult to understand (given their expressive language needs), their message was crystal clear. We love this place, we are thankful to the friends, family, and a school that supports and celebrates who we are.

One of the students in attendance at the alumni dance was a student I had my first year of teaching. Her name is Caroline. Caroline was the first student who learned how to walk in my classroom. It is a moment that I remember as vividly as watching my own son take his first steps. The moment she took her first steps was the moment she left a lasting footprint on my heart. As we danced the night away, I was reminded no matter how overwhelmed we feel by the responsibilities of school and life, we must always remember come back to the whys of what we do. At its most basic explanation, I teach because I want to improve the lives of people, especially those with special needs. I want to teach them how to walk so that they can dance – and I am so honored to dance alongside of them.

Caroline will celebrate her 18th birthday next week. Caroline, may your special day be amazing, wonderful, and unforgettable, just like you! I wish you the joy and happiness that you bring to so many around you. Happy Birthday Caroline!  


Photo credit: Deb Chapman