A Poem for Special Teachers!

(Guest post by Monica McDivitt – Monica blogs at Like a Butterfly)

Sam and One of Her Awesome Special Ed Teachers

Teacher Appreciation Week is around the corner. Though I believe ALL teachers are invaluable, I am giving extra props to special education teachers. Surprise, surprise! 🙂

They aren’t just teachers. They are physical therapists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, researchers, nurses, and our children’s cheerleaders! Their patience, creativity, organization, ability to accept and understand the differences in each of our children and their ability to motivate, identify, appreciate and celebrate small victories are what make them different from the rest! Few things are more rewarding than knowing you have made an impact on the lives of children who are struggling to reach their full potential.

Two years ago I wrote this poem for Sam’s LIFE Skills teacher and paraprofessionals, printed it, framed it and gave it to them as a gift. It was written from Samantha’s perspective. I hope you like it:

You greet me every morning with a great big smile
Help me out of the car
Even if it takes a while

I am a little girl who cannot hear or speak
But still you understand me,
Week after week.

I have more challenges than most other people, you know
But you never give up on me
Even if my progress is slow

You help me with my daily life skills
Help me to succeed
Teach me how to sing and play
Adapt it to my special needs

I am strong and happy
I like to giggle and tease
Sometimes I may even drop down on my knees

You work very hard everyday,
Help me learn and grow
You are patient, kind and loving

This I wanted you to know
It takes a special person to be a teacher like you
And my Mommy and Daddy are grateful
For everything you do!

Happy Teacher’s Appreciation Week!

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About Monica

Monica is married to her best friend, John, and is a proud mommy to her sweet, beautiful 10 year-old daughter, Samantha. Samantha was born with multiple disabilities as a result of a chromosome 18q- deletion. Samantha is Monica's inspiration for the many volunteer projects that she participates in for children and adults with disabilities. Her current project is a buddies program she created in 2007 for Samantha's elementary school in Katy ISD. The program is slowly expanding and now exists in one other elementary school and two middle schools. Her vision has been to create an environment where differences are accepted and attempts are made to educate those who may be fearful or unaware in relation to the culture of disability. She is achieving this by teaching all children and teens, with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities, to embrace differences and become caring friends. Monica has a background in ER Nursing and Cardiology Research Nursing.

5 thoughts on “A Poem for Special Teachers!

  1. What a lovely poem! I have a daughter with special needs and this poem
    had me in tears. Beautiful.

  2. I work at a school for children with multiple disabilities in NJ and I love your poem. It put tears in my eyes because it identifies with so many of our students. So thank you for your beautiful poem and say hi to Sam for me! 🙂

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