September 21, 2023

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As a teacher at High Road School of Delaware, an individualized special education program aimed at strengthening each student’s academic, social and emotional abilities, job skills, and self-esteem, I serve a community of young people who share a rich spectrum of experiences. Becoming a special ed teacher was not the career I had pictured for myself – but now I can’t imagine doing anything else.

After serving in the Air Force with stints in Italy, Guam, and the UK, I found my purpose back in the States, working with children and adolescents with special needs. It all began when my mother’s friend, who operated a group home, offered me a job. While working in this position, I found myself drawn to the complexities and rewards that come with serving populations with the greatest needs.

That experience led to the High Road School of Delaware, where I began teaching during the 2022-2023 school year. Every day since, I’ve learned something new about patience, team dynamics, and preempting behavioral triggers.

My military background taught me independence and how to work collaboratively. I’ve learned to ask for help–a crucial aspect of creating a supportive environment for our students. At my school, we strive to foster a setting where students feel comfortable being themselves, without fear or embarrassment.

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