As a listener to The Bottom Line, when the topic was the state of education in Michigan and the country, I was not able to make my comment because of time constraints. I did not want my praise of the school employees in our community to go unheard.
As a parent of a special needs child, my daughter will be transitioning to Thunder Bay Junior High from Besser Elementary School this upcoming school year. As part of the ongoing process to make sure she is successful, I was scheduled to visit classes last week at TBJH. This caused me great anxiety to observe these classes and to see the wide range of issues some children have. It made me truly aware of the struggles my daughter will have in these formative years of her life, but also to look back and appreciate all the people that have shaped her life to where she stands today. I just want the community to know that these professions that teach these children deserve our ultimate praise, respect and support. They have patience that comes from the heart and knowledge that comes from dedication and hard work. They have guided us, supported us through triumphs and realities and most of all cared for and protected my daughter since her first day of school.
Lastly, I would like to recognize all the other professionals that keep these children safe. The transportation staff and bus drivers that drive them to school and watch over them like their own children, administrators, custodians that take care of their “home away from home,” instructional aides, school nurses, secretaries and lunch room and play ground attendants.
As parents of special needs children we are challenged every day. It eases our minds to know that our children are in good hands.