As a peer tutor I have had many opportunities to work with those that have disabilities and their teachers. These wonderful educators do not have an easy task, however, they are not afraid of the difficulties that come with teaching these wonderful individuals, even when 38% of Americans say they purposefully avoid people with disabilities (Gaille para 8).
There are 439, 300 special education teachers in the United States (Bureau of Labor Statistics). One teacher in particular has made an impact in my life, and I have witnessed her make an impact on the lives of her special education students as well. She has inspired me to continue on the path of becoming a special education teacher.
Mrs. Sheppick is the severe special education teacher at Copper Hills High School. She believes that the most rewarding job in life is teaching, but that it is even more rewarding to be a special education teacher. She is the most patient, kind, and understanding person I know.
I am so glad that I was able to interview her. I am very thankful that I am able to learn from her and help support the disability rights movement. She has taken a step in giving her students the same opportunities as any other Copper Hills student by creating a club just for them called CH Pals. CH Pals allows these students to get involved in their community and interacting with the everyday students of Copper Hills High.
I think that everyone deserves the same quality of life and deserves the same respect and deserves the opportunity to be independent and live life and I want nothing more than to be able to provide others with those opportunities and independence.
Why is helping those with disabilities important to you?
Throughout life I have had lots of opportunities to work with individuals with disabilities and they bring me pure joy so I couldn’t think of anything better to do than to be a special education teacher. There is nothing more rewarding than teaching, but especially teaching individuals that need just a little more help to succeed in life.
What caused you to want to become a special education teacher?