Mom Perspective

Dear Teacher…this is what I need you to be for my child.

Mural of a tree on a school

Tonight I attended my daughter’s teacher meet ‘n greet.  She has been at this school since she was 3 (being Autistic and language impaired, she was able to attend a language rich program with speech therapy…yes, a public school!) that’s so important, and everyone knows her!

chalkboard with girl and boy dancing

When we walked into the class it was bright, colorful and organized.  You can tell the room was put together with love.   Her teacher came right up to us and said how excited she was to have her in her class this year.

I liked her right away. 🙂

After all the back to school noise.  After the running around to get the plastic folders WITH prongs, in ONLY red, green and yellow…after fighting a parent at Walmart for the last pack of glue sticks, there really is just one thing I need for her…another parent!

I want someone who will not only be her teacher but be my partner by taking on responsibilities of a parent from the time she sits down in her class…that’s 7 hours a day for 180 days.

Woman holding the word Learning over her head

I know, it sounds crazy but think about it.  What is a teacher?  She/He is an educator, social worker, counselor, mediator, facilitator, nurse and I can go on and on.  This person has a part in teaching my kid beyond academics.  She will be there to be an example of how to be kind, to be honest, say please and thank you, to work with others, to make good decisions, have empathy and to love themselves….isn’t that what we do at home?

Whoa!  It’s mindblowing the responsibility of this one special person.

It was this responsibility that made me want to become a teacher.  I wanted to be that partner with parents.

After speaking to the teacher tonight, I felt confident that this is the person who will be my partner.  This year, she and I will have the ultimate goal of helping my daughter have a successful school year….just like parents. 🙂

On the ride home, my daughter smiled as she said how excited she was to go back to school because her teacher was nice.  Just what I needed to hear.

The three of us are gonna rock 3rd grade!

Till next time, sharpen your pencils and pile up your folders!!

Yolanda Guerra

P.S

Whenever you’re ready. Here’s something else that may be of benefit to you 🙂  If you or someone you know has a developmentally disabled or delayed child this great article helps discuss “stranger danger” with them.

 

 

 

 

About guerray

As a former teacher and school administrator, I have always wanted to help children succeed. Little did I know that having my own kids would amp up my desire to make the world a better place for all children. I am a single mom of two…a smart, articulate and loveable middle schooler and a bright, free-spirited Autistic elementary schooler. I am a life-long learner. I believe that education is power, and learning happens in different ways. Some things we learn in a book but many more things come from experiences. Years ago, I made the conscience decision to have more experiences with my children and less stuff. I also came to understand that when it comes to having children it really does take a village and I am blessed to have surrounded myself with a diverse group of really good people. My hopes are like any parent. I want what’s best for my kids. I want to raise children who are kind, honest, loving and citizens of the world. I want to watch them grow, follow their heart and truly become who they are meant to be.

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