Embracing Our Differences: Creating a Brighter, More Inclusive World

                                                            Embracing Our Differences     For the last two years, my husband and I have loved seeing the beautiful billboard-size posters on display at Bayfront Park,…...

5 Things Teachers Want Parents To Know

Image by brgfx on Freepik   5 Things Teachers Wish Parents Knew       I recently had a blog post about what parents wished teachers knew, so I thought I would reverse it and ask teachers what they wanted parents to know. Here are the top 5 things teacher friends told me:   1.…...

Cookies and Cars: One Way to Happiness

Image by Freepik Cookies and Cars: One Way to Happiness      Recently at Night to Shine, I had the pleasure of sitting at the same table with this former student and her provider. She is a high school graduate and has done some amazing things since graduation.  One great accomplishment is she has started…...

Shining Bright: Celebrating a Special Helper

Image by brgfx on Freepik        Today I want you to meet a former student of mine who is now in high school. As a student in my class, he loved to be a helper and loved to be involved in group projects with his friends. We started each day as kids entered…...

Their Night to Shine, Our Night to Serve

pch.vector on Freepik      The Tim Tebow Foundation sponsors Night to Shine which is an unforgettable prom night experience. It is for people with special needs ages 14 and older. The first Night to Shine occurred in 2015. The parties are now held across all 50 of the United States and are hosted by…...

Down Right Amazing: Embracing Diversity

Image by Freepik      This is a young man that I have not met, but I can tell he is an extraordinary young man. My oldest daughter met his mom at an exercise class and said he would be a great subject for my blog. She said, "Mom, you will love this lady. She's…...

Special Needs Do Not Define Them: Embracing Neurodiversity

Image by Freepik   Special Needs Do Not Define Them: Embracing Neurodiversity         Meet an extraordinary young lady. Today she is in college as a hard-working, successful education major. She was not in my class, but when she was in middle school, I remember that she had such a heart of gold and…...

Dance of Joy: Celebrating the Rhythm of a Special Soul

Image by kjpargeter on Freepik      Do you ever have a song that is played and you instantly think of a person?  One song for me is "Happy" by Pharrell Williams. I downloaded this song to play in my classroom when I had this boy as a student and needed a reward for completing…...

Transcending Labels: A Family’s Story of Love, Strength and Empowerment with Down Syndrome

  Image by lifeforstock on Freepik       Today I would like to shine a spotlight on this whole family unit. There is a dad, a mom, and a girl with Down Syndrome in this family. This girl is a former student, and I remember our challenges together as she navigated middle school. I…...

Sparkling Words: Unveiling the Enchanting Realm of a Girl’s Creative Mind

Image by Freepik Sparkling Words: Unveiling the Enchanting Realm of a Girl's Creative Mind        This girl is a former student, and I  always enjoyed reading books with her. She had a great imagination and loved to read about flawed characters. She had mature and thoughtful insights, and it was a joy to…...

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“Deb has always been a champion for her students. She builds long-lasting relationships with her students and their families.  Deb’s classroom over the years focused not only on quality instruction but also on teaching her students social skills and getting her students involved in community service projects.”

– Jim Shields, Human Resources Director of Medina City Schools, Medina, OH