American writer, Edward Everett Hale (1822-1909), once wrote, "I cannot do everything, but I can do something, and I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do." My goal in the field of Exceptional Education has been exactly that. My desire is to see children overcome their personal limitations through passion, perserverance, and flexibility by focusing on their individual strengths and abilities, and not their weaknesses. I am inspired by the countless success stories of the very children that I teach as well as the personal testimonies of adults who have overcome hopelessness and insurmountable challenges. Evangelist David Ring is one such inspiration. In a speech that was quite difficult to understand, David opened with, "I have cerebral palsy, what's your problem?" Through the telling of his life story, he was able to inspire and challenge people to do what they are capable of doing, without defining themselves by what they are inable to do. This man has overcome various obstacles that many of us will never have to surpass, to have an impact on people's lives that is immeasurable.
As an educator, I am in the unique position to make a difference in the lives of young people with varying abilities. The children I am blessed to teach every day have obstacles that often feel insurmountable to them. Throughout my career it has become quite obvious to me that all children are able to learn. It is my job as an educator to tap in to all available resources, avail them to my students, and make learning a priority! The key to a successful educational experience is to get our students' eyes off of their limitations, on to what they can do, and empower them to achieve personal excellence! I hope you will partner with me in this journey!