Sunday, March 25, 2018

Love Vacation; Miss the Kids

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.

18 comments:

  1. Thanks for an inspiring story! I sometimes wonder what kind of positiveness I'm bringing to the world--and now I know!

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  2. It's why we do it! But I am very ready for the break as well!

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  3. Stephon's dragons are beautiful and what an amazing young man. I wish him all the luck in the world .... he certainly has a sense of personal style! May he go far!

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  4. Congratulate Stephon on his first (of many, I'm sure) art shows. His show and story will certainly inspire others.

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  5. Utterly amazing. Such an achievement. Well done to Stephon and I admire the job that you do xx

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  6. Stephon is a great artist!! I hope the best for him and may he continue his growth as an artist.

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  7. Amazing, I have chills. He sounds simply amazing and has touched many with his artistic talent. Well done by both of you.

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  8. Teachers deserve a break so they can recharge and keep teaching and enriching the lives of their amazing students like Stephon. Congratulations to both of you!

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  9. Just think you were a part of his art! I never take for granted what teachers do with kids. My kids were easy ones in the class (quiet and did what they were told). I volunteered tons and saw the classroom and how much work it was for them.

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  10. So very true; while teaching is a challenging profession, the kids are what give me the energy to keep going. I get so much more from them than I give.

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  11. You've just brought a big beam of sunshine into my day! Thank you - for all you do. (And enjoy your break.) XO

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  12. Thank you for sharing Stephon's art! And, enjoy your well-deserved break!

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  13. That's such a great story!!! He's one special student. You must be so proud!

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  14. What a fabulous post! Thanks for sharing - I love Stephon's dragons. What a talented young man he is.

    Hoping you have a wonderful Spring break!! Enjoy.

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  15. What an amazing artist and how wonderful to have a role in the line of amazing teachers of his life!

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  16. Deb, I admire teachers endlessly. Have you watched Dads in Heaven with Nixon
    ??? documentary. Little known gem ....
    your artist is gifted

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  17. Thanks for sharing that great story! Your students are lucky to have you as their teacher.

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