Each and every person that I met in relation to this project inspired me one way or the other. Kim opened my eyes to the various challenges faced by educators who work with the developmentally disabled student. Her story speaks to the desire to help, always help, those in need. That desire evolved and has turned into a passion that is very clear when you see her at work in her classroom. She provides a calm and positive environment for students and staff which, in turn, gets positive results.
In her words:
My teaching passion started as a nursing student in my last clinical rotation. I was asked to teach a third grade class about the parts of the human eye. I was so excited and prepared a great lesson. I went home and told my husband (at the time) that I was going back to school to be a teacher. This is where my teaching adventure started. Through many discouraging situations including a divorce, being a single mom of an infant, working three to four jobs, having no health care, no pay on vacations, summer and holidays, and never giving up on my passion, I can say I am honored to teach in the Webster Central School District. I get to grow and learn from my students every day -- just as much as they grow and learn. I love going to work and have finally found my career home.
Special Education Teacher
Schlegel Road Elementary
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A special delivery was made this week to the winner of the Community Arts Day Cute Kids of CAD 2013 Photo Contest! Garrett Mee of Webster received his free 10"x10" canvas gallery wrap for getting the most votes from the April event. As you can see he was pretty shy about it, but he warmed up quickly and started showing off the image to his mom. No doubt this kid is cute! A big thank you to Garrett and his mom for participating and to all the entrants. It was a fun day and a fun event. I'm really looking forward to photographing more cute kids next year!