When I was in high school, I worked as a personal care assistant for a little boy with Down syndrome. After working with him for almost five years, I knew I was meant to become a special education teacher.
My first job was at a residential school for medically fragile students with severe needs. The job was extremely challenging but helped solidify my career choice. I needed those students just as much as they needed me. I still keep in touch with some of those students and families and will never forget my time there. Working with that population helped prepare me for all the jobs that followed.
I’m lucky to be a teacher at Lighthouse Connections Academy. Just the other day, one of my students said to me, “Mrs. G. you always cheer me up on the bad days,” and that feeling is so mutual. I often have the same students for a few years in a row, which allows me to see all the growth they’ve made each year. I truly look forward to my job every day!