"I have been thinking about what my blog post should be about this week. I went back to teaching eleven years ago and also became a Special Needs Coordinator at the synagogue were I worked at the time. I also went back to graduate school to earn a graduate certification in Jewish special needs education. One day while I was in class I had an epiphany. I realized that I had lived my whole life with two special needs siblings, I was the oldest of the three. I had never quite looked at them through that lens but it helped me to understand them better. My degree also helped me with my then young daughter who was a typical learner.
Since then, I have created a niche for myself within the Jewish special needs community. I have an affinity for teaching students who struggle or who just need some extra help with their learning. I "get" them and they "get" me. It has been a very successful collaboration. It gives me great satisfaction and joy when one of my students succeeds. When they first realize that they can actually read Hebrew, especially when they first told me they could not. I never give up and in return they push themselves to succeed. It is a wonderful feeling watching one of your students read Hebrew and feel so accomplished with themselves.
I enjoy my job immensely and I could not imagine doing anything else."