No matter your age, you should always have goals. When you have a big God, you have big goals.  My God is big.  With Him anything is possible.

Did you ever hit road blocks along the way when trying to reach a goal?  Recently I have been hitting lots of road blocks.  I once read that you can go through life as a Tigger or an Eeyore.  I guess you could say I have a little Tigger in me.  Of course, I can be Eeyore at times too, but lately other Eeyores have been getting to me.

Last year, I decided that I was going to finally achieve my dream of becoming a Special Education teacher. In high school and college I worked in an Autistic Support classroom and I loved every second of it.  I decided  in college that I wanted to teach high school and at that time you couldn’t major in Secondary Education and Special Education.

After 17 years, I finally registered and decided to start class this October to become a Special Education teacher.  Apparently this is a horrible decision.  I have had quite a few Eeyore encounters since “sharing the news” and they have all been with educators.

That’s right, educators.  Educators who teach elementary school, middle school, high school, regular education and Special Education in various schools.  Some are joking, but some are not.

I never put too much thought into the comments at first, but when the start date of the class came closer, I started having doubts.  Did I really want to do this?  Was this worth it?  Was this God’s plan for my life?

How stupid could I be to let others influence me and cause doubt in my life?  These educators all had one thing in common.  They were talking to a teacher, but they were also talking to a mom of a child with Special Needs.  My life is an IEP.  It is filled with meetings, appointments, goal setting, therapies, picture schedules, social stories and paperwork. Having a child with a disability wasn’t a choice, but thank God I was given the opportunity to be Camryn’s mom. This blessing has filled my life with joy.

And you know what?  I already know that “those”parents can be difficult because I am sometimes that parent.  You would be too.  If you teach a child with an IEP and aren’t reading it or following it, parents should be difficult.  I also know that there is a lot of paperwork involved because I have to fill it all out over and over again.  This paperwork is my access to helping Camryn grow.  Without this paperwork we wouldn’t be able to evaluate her progress or decide what we are going to try next.

Camryn’s day is filled with people who love what they are doing.  You need to have passion to work with children who have Special Needs.  Trust me, I know how difficult it is.  I know it involves more work. I know because I live it.  Camryn is a lot more “work” than my other girls, but the rewards are well worth it.  It is all about perspective.  Is this job, this child, this life I am living a burden or a blessing?

No matter what dreams you have for yourself, don’t let Eeyores stand in the way.  Tiggers change the world.  And by the way, I am three weeks into my first class and have learned so much already.  Not only am I going to make a great Special Education teacher, but I am on my way to becoming even more of an advocate for my daughter and angels just like her.

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10 Comments

  1. John Clow on November 2, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    You go girl!!!!



  2. S on November 2, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    I always pegged you as a pooh! Just kidding so proud of you. You are a very special person!



  3. Kellyann Mitchell on November 2, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    So awesome Kristi! You will make such an impact as a special ed teacher! Go after those goals Tigger!!



  4. Lois King on November 2, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    Once again Kristi, I am so proud of you



  5. Meredith on November 2, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    It’s really disappointing that other educators would say those things to you. I think it’s great and your would be great at it!



  6. Char on November 2, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    Be a Tigger!! You are meant for this!



  7. Trish M. on November 2, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    Way to go, Tigger! One of my favorite Tigger quotes is “Life is not about how fast you run or how high you climb; it is about how well you bounce!” You KNOW you are a Tigger!! Ignore the Eeyore types. Remember: “If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it!” Go for that dream, Kristi! You will be AWESOME!!



  8. Ann Frey on November 2, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    Find your passion and go for it! You are a great mom,



  9. Jason Mister on November 3, 2016 at 4:31 am

    Thanks Kristi. That was inspiring.



  10. Emily on November 3, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    You are an amazing teacher already. I’m so excited to hear this! Any kid (regular and special) is so lucky to have you. Come see me in guidance for some positivity and support whenever you need it!! Go Kristi!!!



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