I am a believer that everybody has a path they are intended to follow.
My path: To become an itinerant teacher for the visually impaired.
Ever since 8th grade, I have wanted to become a special education teacher. I can remember the moment I first stepped foot in a special education classroom. The student I worked with was blind and I was trying to help her throw a bean bag into a hula hoop by the sound of a bell. I was so intrigued. I left with a sense of satisfaction and thrill.
As years passed, I went to college to pursue this field. Unfortunately…I realized it wasn’t all cheerful bells and whistles. It included endless amounts of paperwork, difficult student behaviors, and disrespect from fellow colleagues. What now?
While completing some required hours in a special education classroom, I was introduced to someone who would guide me in the right direction. She was working with one of the students who had a visual impairment. She told me all about her job, how she traveled around working with students who were visually impaired. Instantly, I was sold.
Now that I am beginning this adventure on my own, I realize a couple more things in my life tie me to the field of vision.
- Finny, my childhood family dog, went blind a few years after getting him. At the time I thought he was a crazy pup [running into walls, falling down stairs, and no longer able to fetch a ball]
- While volunteering in Ghana, Africa…my one student who passed away was blind.
- I spent 16 weeks working with a visually impaired 2nd grader during student teaching.
The end of August, I will begin grad school in order to continue on this pathway. With so many different ties into the field of vision…I feel I am making the right decision and following the right path.
|following MY path|