I was fortunate enough to find a wonderful school. After graduating from Appalachian State University, I was very nervous about what life would bring me. I was able to speak with multiple public school systems about possible careers, which I was thrilled about. What was not thrilled about was the fact that every one of the school systems wanted me to take large case loads spread out among multiple schools. I would not be able to work with students for more that 15 minutes at a time. My year would be filled with paperwork and IEP meetings.
I went to school to become a special education teacher for one reason; to help students in need. With what the public school system had to offer, I was very disappointed. This left me with many regrets about my career choice.
I soon went back to school to study my second love, computers. I finished a year long program earning a diploma in Computer Information Technology and certificates as a Software Specialist and Database Specialist. Although these accomplishments made me happy, I missed my first love. Working with children gives me a drive and a purpose that nothing else can. I knew I needed to come back.
I was incredibly lucky to be looking to start my career at the same time that Crossway Academy was looking to expand. When I spoke with Dorian Ladue, I was overtaken with emotion at how perfect the school seemed to be. I was doubting such a place could even exist. Crossway was the school that fit perfectly with how I believe students should be taught. Here, students are treated as individuals, not just some number randomly generated and assigned through a computer system.
I was able to observe how Dorian worked with the students, learn about her behavior management techniques, and see her passion for teaching. She is the most valuable mentor I have had the privilege to work with and I learn new things from her everyday.
I cannot explain enough how joyful I feel being at Crossway Academy. We have the best students, the best families, and the best supports through Crossway Pediatric Therapy. Shelley, Sue, and the therapists are always supportive, helping where ever they can to make the school the best it can be.
I want to send a special thank you to all of the parents of our students for believing in what we do here at Crossway Academy. We do our best to give each student what works best for them and we get excellent results. I look forward to the years to come and I know that Crossway will only get better as time goes by. Thank you to everyone for your love and I hope that though reading my story you may come to understand Crossway just a little better.
Special Education Teacher