Thoughts on being both a teacher and a parent in DPS

Teachers are ABSOLUTELY FANTATSTIC! My daughter, Na’Via who has High-Functioning Autism, has had some amazing teachers! This year is no different. I love being on the other side of the IEP table because I get to experience how extraordinary teachers are. (I walk in to the room and my motherly instincts immediately take over. I’m no longer Ms. Cooke the veteran teacher with a Master’s and NBCT in Special Education. I’m her mommy, her advocate. I can’t explain it, it just happens automatically). This year Mr. Stone continues the long list of amazing teachers Ms. Stinnett and Ms. Isa at Sandy Ridge, Ms. Kendall, Ms. Sanders, Ms. Benneville,Ms. Ferrell, Ms. Ellison, Ms. Daniels, Ms. Chakrobartty, Ms. Ulrey at Parkwood, and countless faculty members who played various other rolls in her every day journey. They are each and every educator who has seen and continues to see the best in my baby. Mr. Stone talked about her with genuine care and concern. With eyes that see her strengths as a way to encourage her weaknesses. The best thing about this is I know he’d do the same for every one of his students. Just like all the others. I love being a teacher but I absolutely love being the parent who knows her child is getting the best education possible at the hands of such amazing educators.

from NaShonda Cooke on Sunday, November 1, 2015

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