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Career Story: Special Education Teacher In A Suburban Public School

Special Education Teacher In A Suburban Public School

Job Title: Special Education Teacher

Type of Company: I work for a suburban school district in Connecticut.

Education: BS, Special Education, St Joseph College (Hartford, CT) •• MA, Reading, St Joseph College

Previous Experience: I worked as a reading tutor prior to finishing college and becoming a teacher.

Job Tasks: As a special education teacher, I work with students who have some type of learning disability. My primary responsibility is to provide them with instruction at their level so that they can be successful. I also give them helpful hints and cues that make certain things easier for them to do. I also have to complete paperwork on IEPs which outline a plan for each student and detail what we need to work on with them. I give periodic assessments to show the students' progress. Meetings with parents at least once a year are mandatory.

My days are very busy as I work with students in different classrooms and in different grade levels. When I go into the classrooms we work on reading, writing and math. The great thing about going into the classroom is that I get to work with all the kids in that class and get to be a part of each and every classroom I go into. Each student is different, so you have to be on your toes and be able to deal with all types of learning styles and behaviors.

Being a special education teacher is a lot of work, I am not going to lie, but it is such a rewarding job. I wouldn't do anything else.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is seeing the students make great progress and grow as learners. When things click, they are so proud of themselves it is amazing. It is very rewarding and you get so much back from the kids.

The worst part of the job (which really isn't that bad) is all the paperwork that needs to be completed. My job is a lot of work, but it is very much worth it.

Job Tips: While one day may be very difficult, go in with an open mind on the next day. The children make the job worth it all. Teaching is a lot of work, during the day and at night. Be ready to give it all you've got!

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