Thank you, Kellie... for being you. For being willing to learn. For being awesome.
And here is Ms. Kellie's beautiful heart...
My new job was to be working with children with special needs…. little
did I know I was the one who was special….specially picked to work with
My supervisor told me that I would be working
with a little girl that has Down Syndrome in Kindergarten. I remember
smiling and thinking….oh I hope I can do this and I hope she likes me.
The school bus pulls up and I see her.. I think to myself oh my she is
so small, so pretty and her classroom teacher takes her off the bus
greets her with a smile and hug. Then she brings her to me “This is Ms.
Kellie and she will be with you and help you when you come to school.” I
smile at her, seeing the fear in her eyes, I kneel down and we hug and
hold hands and go into school.
Well during the year she learned
to write, and read, just like all the other kids, except not as easy as
other kids… but may have had to work harder to hold a pencil, and may
have had to say a word over and over until someone understood what she
was saying. But we worked hard, we laughed, we learned together. I was
so proud and will always be grateful to have had her in my life.
We were told the children we were going to have the following year. My
supervisor told me you will be with a boy that has Down Syndrome.
I’ve seen him, he was in the other class. I remember thinking... wow he
has a lot more energy than what I am used to, I hope I can do this, I
hope he likes me. I remember his mom looking at me, and she stopped me
and asked “So are you excited to work with my son next year?” Yes!
I’ve seen him… I can’t wait! ( I wasn’t scared until that moment.)She
smiled and said well i'm glad and we will see you next year! Then I was
thinking I hope she will like me!
1st. Grade…..I see him
coming...he’s with his mom, brother and sister. His teacher greets him
and his mom, And she introduced to him to me and said this is Ms. Kellie
she will be with you and help you when you're at school. He looks at
me and gives a quick smile, and off we go.
From 1st -4th I have
been with this brave, funny, smart, kind, caring wonderful boy who made
me laugh more times than I can count. And I’ve taught him I can be
just as stubborn sometimes and get what I want from him as much as his
stubbornness won many of hours of down time during school for him. The
stories I could tell would make you smile, cry, and maybe have you
wonder why I do the job that I do...I do know without a doubt that he
will always have a special spot in my heart.
I do believe God
puts people in our lives in times when we need them…..I am blessed to
have both children still in mine….I’ve learned so much and have made
some wonderful friends because of them.