Friday, May 2, 2014

My Happy Place

I got to sub today in my old classroom.  As I have said over and over and over again, this classroom will forever be my home.  It's like a big family reunion when I go back.  Nothing has changed at all.  I was helping get stuff ready for their graduation and I went through about 6 million pictures finding old ones of the graduates.  I also found some old ones of myself, so naturally, I had to send them to myself.

The thing I noticed the most about these pictures was how happy I looked in every single one of them.  I worked at in this classroom for 5 years.  During those five years, I experienced the worst break up of my life.  There were days when I thought I wasn't going to make it out of bed, but I had my work family and the students.

Work became my happy place.  It's where I knew I could go and have no memories of the ex boyfriend.  I knew no one would poke and prod me and ask about my day.  All I had to focus on was educating students.  It was here, I found myself and my passion for teaching was ignited.

It was here that I fell in love with the moderate to severe population.  I saw what they could do when there were high expectations set for them.  Had you asked me when I was growing up if I would want to work in Special Education, I would have probably said no.  But thanks to my happy place, a fire was ignited.

Since I left my happy place, I have found new happy places.  The school I am placed at now is a new happy place.  I wake up every single day excited to go to work.  The kids motivate me to be the best teacher that I can because I know that's what they deserve.  It also feels good to know that I am able to have other happy places.  That means that this job is what I am meant to do.  I am meant to educate students who have a hard time learning in traditional ways.  I am meant to modify curriculum, write IEPs, work closely with my collogues to make sure each of my student's individual needs are meant.  

I was born to be a Special Education teacher.  The classroom, any classroom, is my happy place.  And I am so thankful that I've found it.

Where's your happy place?


  1. Beautiful post! I have to agree with this post about the classroom and providing the best education possible!! It's an amazing feeling when your passion turns into a career!

  2. I'm so glad you've found your happy place, and that teaching ESE has proved to be such a perfect fit for you!! I think, sometimes, that I'm still searching for my happy place. (I could get really corny and say Matt is my happy place, which he is, but how healthy is that?! lol)

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