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Then I took a job as a nanny. It was a difficult job for me, not because of the little boy that I was in charge of, but because I struggled in my relationship with his mom. This little boy was in kindergarten and just going through the process of being diagnosed with autism. It was a stressful time for his family and since I was the one with him most often, I was the one who received the brunt of the stress. He definitely had major sensory issues that caused him to lash out at school. When I first began working for the family, he went to a private school attending half-day kindergarten. His teacher used a microphone in the classroom, when she was asked not to use it because of the sensory issues my little guy was having, she refused. It was disheartening to see how this school and this teacher could so overlook a child that needed her. I would pick my little guy up from school everyday and everyday I would get the same negative report. I truly felt like he couldn't do anything right at this school and he and I were both miserable! After a couple of months at the private school, he was kicked out because he hit the teacher. It was a sad day for my little guy and his whole family but they decided to send him to the public school near their house and they asked me to attend school with him everyday as a *volunteer* in the classroom. This is where I first thought seriously about being a teacher. My little guy had an amazing kindergarten teacher. She was so accommodating to him- and in allowing me to be in the classroom all day! He was allowed to stand up and move around when he needed to, he was allowed to complete his work in a marker which felt more comfortable in his hands, she spoke softly to him and didn't get angry or take it personally when he had his meltdowns. The problem was that even though his teacher was fantastic, the principal and specialist teachers weren't quite so accommodating. One day when my little guy was in art class (I stayed in the classroom to help the teacher) he had a meltdown. No one really knows why, but he did. He ran from the classroom and ran out of the school. I saw him running and called him back into the building- only to have the principal run out in front of me and grab him in a very forceful way. Putting your hands on him when he was in that anxious state wasn't the best idea and so he started to try and squirm and pull away. This only caused her to put him in to full restraint. I stood there and watched him and I saw the way his teacher was able to stand down the principal and calm down the little guy who was so shaken and upset and I though- I have to do this. I have to be a teacher. I have to be there to help all the other little guys/girls that come into my classroom because every child is special and every child needs a little special something to get them through the day. So now I am a teacher in a high poverty school where I can be the positive spot in a little person's life and I love every minute of it (most of the time)!
*phew* That was a long (and dramatic) post! I would love to hear how everyone else decided to become a teacher- leave a comment or make your own post! Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!