7.24.2014

One of my great loves: Teaching

For as long as I can remember I have wanted to be a teacher. I never second guessed myself, I always knew I wanted to teach. Even as a child, I would always be playing school. I was  in the role model preschool classroom where I helped a  special needs girl.  It's just who I am, and one of my greatest loves  and passions is teaching.

With each college course I was reassured that's what I wanted to do.  When I was student teaching,I fell in love more and more with teaching and learning. I was passionate about helping my students learn and grow. I am ever thankful for
 my student teaching students for teaching me so much.

In August of the past year,  I began teaching Autistic students. I truly felt that it was my niche, my calling, what I was supposed to be doing.  I fell  deeply in love with Autism and my students. In December I began seeing Dr. Frank for my HD symptoms and in March I was diagnosed with HD. In April I had decided that there issues and my issues together we no longer safe, and I could no longer teach or care for them. A decision that breaks my heart. I deeply miss them. I could have taught them for ever.

In June, thanks to my cousin wife's Angela, I was able to volunteer in her classroom, and in the Fall I plan to do it again. I had really missed just being in a classroom, so I loved volunteering and am looking forward to doing it again.

Even though  I am no longer teaching in a classroom, I feel as though I am still a teacher, in a different way. By sharing my journey with all of you, I feel as though I am teaching about Huntingtons Disease, and how to not to take each day for granted, and live in each moment. I will always always have a teacher heart and spirit.


As always thanks for reading,

Alexandra