I can't lie: I am totally ready for Spring Break, even though my main activity is going to be decluttering my house. Certainly there will be time for things like this Barley Light hat in unidentified stash yarn:
I do miss our students, though. I have worked with some amazing young people over the years. As a special ed teacher, I am limited by law in what I can say about our students. But today I can share with you one of the most joyful humans I have ever encountered:
I was Stephon's case manager when he was in 8th grade, and it was a pleasure. Stephon is just a happy person. He is also crazy about dragons. Back in 8th grade, he drew them constantly. The best way to get him to do schoolwork was to promise drawing time when the work was complete. When he moved into high school, he started building dragons out of pipe cleaners and clay. And now he has a one-man show at our school art gallery.
I can share this with you because Stephon went public with his art and his special status in a local newspaper. You can read more about him here.
It is no secret that this is a challenging time to be a teacher; however, it is truly and honor to work with teen-agers, to get to know them, and (I hope!) help them a little bit along the way.