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ManchuV
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I GOT THE JOB!!

I just got the call today. I am ecstatic.

I am now a Special Education Assistant Instructor at my local HS here in San Antonio. I worked hard and long, and I am not finished yet. I am just one step away from getting my MED, and being a Special Education Teacher.

While pursuing this quest, I notice that there were a lot of jobs advertising for teachers; all kind of teachers. No it is not a hooah (jumping out of jets, fast roping out of helicopters, and...) job, but it is hooah when your influence inspires a kid to graduate, and then onto college, and in my case, to teach just basic life skills (taking care of themselves) is a big reward. To see that kid who did not know how to put their shoes on, and then they are putting their shoes on is a reward. "I taught that kid" is what comes to mind. I've looked at this for a long time because I never liked how disadvantage kids and kids with special needs are treated like they are second class citizens.

If all of this don't sound right, it is because I am so happy about getting this job; this is my chance to help those who need it.
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Good to see you got this job. It is going to be tough. But someone needs to do it, If there is anything I can do let me know
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Jim wrote:Good to see you got this job. It is going to be tough. But someone needs to do it, If there is anything I can do let me know
Thanks Sir.
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Doing a necessary job that I couldn't do. Congrats brother!
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As the father of a daughter who went through Special Ed, I have nothing but praise and admiration for those who choose to work with Special Ed youth. Some of those who helped my daughter were nothing short of saints when I observed them doing their work.
Today my daughter is in an adult group home and attends a day program where the same caliber of people work with her.

A tip of the Lefty beret to you for choosing to do this very special work. God Bless You - He has a special place for you and all those in your line of work.
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Congratulations and may God bless you in your efforts.

My brother-in-law, who lives with us, was less than three months old when he had a serious illness. The doctors predicted he would not live past his first birthday and if he did he probably would not be able to talk or comprehend what was going on around him. He is now fifty-three, graduated from high school and helps me care for his sister. Yes he requires a certain amount of care himself but I have never known a more pure spirit. Special needs instructors, teachers and care givers are all at the top of my list of Special People.
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ManchuV wrote:I GOT THE JOB!!

I just got the call today. I am ecstatic.

I am now a Special Education Assistant Instructor at my local HS here in San Antonio. I worked hard and long, and I am not finished yet. I am just one step away from getting my MED, and being a Special Education Teacher.

While pursuing this quest, I notice that there were a lot of jobs advertising for teachers; all kind of teachers. No it is not a hooah (jumping out of jets, fast roping out of helicopters, and...) job, but it is hooah when your influence inspires a kid to graduate, and then onto college, and in my case, to teach just basic life skills (taking care of themselves) is a big reward. To see that kid who did not know how to put their shoes on, and then they are putting their shoes on is a reward. "I taught that kid" is what comes to mind. I've looked at this for a long time because I never liked how disadvantage kids and kids with special needs are treated like they are second class citizens.

If all of this don't sound right, it is because I am so happy about getting this job; this is my chance to help those who need it.
I just saw this post, congratulations on getting the job. My wife is a Special Education Teacher and she loves her job. She loves the middle schoolers that she teaches, triumphs, head aches and all. It takes a special person, with a special heart to do what she does. She working on her Masters Degree right now, and continuing to work full time (and I thought I was tough). Thanks for being willing to help those that need the help. Once again, congrats!!!!!! :D
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It's been almost three months, how's the new job going so far?
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It's great. Been keeping me busy, but I'm loving it. The kids I work/worked with have/had a range of disabilities, but they are kids nevertheless.

At first I was working with Alternative Learning Environment students (ALE), (these kids are lower functioning.). Most of them were Intellectually Disabled. There were some who were autistic. No ADHD there with these kids. Some were wheel chair-bound. Some were higher functioning than others, but not enough to where they can be out of ALE. Some not only need help going to the bathroom, but just giving them water to drink is help. Teaching them life skills was the main objective, but if they were able to learn academics then that was the next. When I was there, I would go over letters and numbers with them. Some were not able to write, but they used assistive tech to help with that.

Then there was a change.

Now I am working in SPED Redirection (The person who had this position quit, and they needed someone quick. There were two of us that the administration were looking at to replace her. I was the one who was chosen.)

These kids are high functioning but they are autistic, and/or emotional disturb mixed with ADHD. I help with all subjects to get them up to speed in their subjects and, their grades. Also, teach them social skills.





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Most of my wife's kids are high functioning with ADHD, Autism, Asperger, and a multitude of other problems. I admire anyone who gets into this field. If your kids are anything like her's some of these kids just need an adult that cares about them and that they can look up to. I wish there were more good people like you to step up and work with these kids. On a side note, my wife has a sign in her office her at home that says "Three best reasons for Teaching, June, July, and August.' :roll: :lol:
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Congratulations ManchuV, I'm very happy for you Ranger.
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Thanks SteadFast [emoji4].


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Sounds like things are working out fine for you. Excellent!
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Brother, sometimes the stars come to be all in alignment...congratulations! It is a great gift to be able to make someone's life better, and make the world just a little bit better place.

I'm proud of you!
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