Many of her teachers from Garrison Middle School were vital to this process. Gaby said that she felt relieved and very happy when she found out she had made it. She had put lots of effort into getting excellent grades and having a spotless record. Gaby said that if she had not been accepted, she probably wouldn’t believe in herself as much or put effort into her schoolwork. This has changed her as a person.
It has become common today that many Americans have given up on children who have autism. Teachers have even claimed that some kids with autism would never be able to speak, and read. Teachers, and schools for many years have placed autistic children in special-ed classes, and have considered them retarded. For years the parents of these children have been swept of there hope to find a way of giving their child what we consider a normal life. Kristine Barnett has found a way of giving these parents that hope they once lost.
Also FCCLA has brought me lifelong friendships, I’ve met other people from other states, and I still do keep in touch with them, it’s also an encouragement or something to look forward to if I do qualify for Nationals. Without my advisor, I honestly don’t know what I’d do without her. Mrs. Maeda, is like a mom to me, she cares for me as if I was one of her own kids. She pushes me to be greatest student I can be. She’s the only teacher that didn’t give up on me when things got a little rough.
Jada and I would always fight just to see who could win. One of my favorite childhood activity was field day each year in school towards the end of the year I wouldn’t miss this day for nothing. My grandmother used to work at the school, so I kind of had a lead way with not getting in a lot of trouble. One day my grandma had told my cousin Teighlor to sit in the office until she got back, but she left looking for her. When she couldn 't find her she had walked all the way home up Superior hill.
What was difficult for me was that after my dismissal I immediately began applying for jobs and handing out my resume. Went on many interviews and made top 5 and then top two. I could not find a job, I would make first, second, and third process interviews but could never get a position. I had assumed it was because of my education, I did finish high school but just a few semesters of college. I focused on my family that started really young, before I graduated high school, I had my first child and in my early twenties had two more.
Even if I were to be hesitant to tell her I end up telling her anyways. Lastly, my most recent new best friend for about a year now is Hadleigh. She is probably the funniest person I have ever met. We do homework almost every single night together because she is my neighbor. My mom gets really ticked off because we are so loud and laugh our butts off.
Growing up her family was poor and often evicted from homes. When she grew up my mom decided that she had to work hard to get into college so that she could get a job and live well. Because of her I understand how important an education is. In 5th grade I was put into a program called PEP for “gifted students” and learned many things well I was there. I didn’t learn just about higher level education but I learned many values too.
While I was in high school, I experienced a significant trauma in my life. This incident happened while at school and my counselors were aware of it. I spent a year battling depression and anxiety and not once did a counselor check on me or even acknowledge that something happened. My mother was aware of what was going on and recognized that I was struggling to cope. She advocated on my behalf and contacted an outside counseling agency where I attended weekly counseling sessions.
When I was in the third grade, I transferred to a new school. It would be my fourth and final move to a new elementary school, mainly because my family moved around town a lot. I expected the first day of school to be difficult and confusing, but I made friends almost immediately after helping a kid open his milk carton. What I hadn’t yet realized was that lots of kids I knew from my previous schools were attending this one, which made me happy knowing that there were even more nice kids I could play with. But, there was one girl that I wasn’t so happy to see.
The biggest issue that I ran into on a daily basis was language and following directives. Most of the youth were placed at my facility because they could not conduct themselves appropriately at their previous school which was a typical public school setting. After reviewing many of the power models described in Chapter 3 of School Consultation by Erchul and Martens, I’ve narrowed down what I believe would be the best model to deal with the population that I once worked with.
During my first semester I had school Monday to Thursday 10:45am to 3:00pm.We left the house at 7:45am to first drop my son at the daycare, the owner was so understanding and opened a little early to help me out. My oldest daughter was in first grade , her school was 1.5 miles away . As soon as that school door opened , I begin running with my cadet daughter whose preschool is now 2 miles away, and luckily the train stop is right at the entrance. It was crucial that I made the 8:17 am B train or I’ll be late for my first class. Things didn’t get better when I got into the Culinary program because classes started earlier and ended late as well.