My little lady started a new school this year!! This is the first time she’s been to school since before Christmas break last year! It was nerve wracking to send her back, especially with a whole new staff, but I’m excited for her to start again!
Pictures are the coolest thing & now, can I get out of my house?!? #ptsDone • only online when home. When out, notebooks & lappy 💻 #writing#ex#specialeducation#asian & why race was part of #healthcare . Are you kidding me...I don’t have to torture self in STILL TRYING TO EDUCATE THEM so that’s what I’m done w. You can be v loud if necessary since getting heard seems impropa in some circles ⭕️💀⭕️ & I don’t think that’s ok. Knowing what we know about #LIFE
Long-but-worth-it-post alert:: If you don’t know me personally you may not know about the unique environment I teach in. Helping Hand Home is a residential treatment facility for children who have been removed from their homes because of various forms of trauma and abuse. These kiddos come here to heal and in many cases, to find a forever family. My school is part of the UT Charter School system which has campuses at different types of centers similar to HHH throughout Texas. One of my students recently moved back to her mother’s home.We had a great relationship, she grew immensely in my classroom and I miss her a lot. Yesterday I got a call from an unknown number. It was her! We talked about my dog, starting school, what her house was like, if she could come visit me, etc. It was so sweet to hear from her. Then her mom got on the phone. Her mother expressed such gratitude for the care HHH and the Charter School provided her daughter. She literally said that our work brought her daughter back to life. She raves about her reading skills and the changes in her confidence. I was blown away. Her mom asked to keep in touch with me in the coming school year and I can’t wait to see how much more this little lady grows! 🙌🏻
Day 10/32 done! A snapshot from yesterday’s workout! We are both loving this program and I am so thankful we are able to do it together at home! No taking turns to go to the gym, or paying for a babysitter just to get a workout in 🙌💙 #couples#couplesworkout#coupleswholift#marriagegoals
We're so excited to have a new sandbox at our home! Sand play has so many benefits - it increases sensory skills, fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, creativity and language development! #sensoryplay#getoutside#specialeducation
Back when I was in college I took a class where we had to volunteer in a school classroom. I was placed in a 6th grade class at a title one school and was terrified 6th graders are mean and sassy! Luckily The teacher was a funny dude and very nice (or so I thought) and the students were kind to me and genuine.
After a month or so I began to notice a pattern of prejudice from this teacher against certain students of color and those with learning disabilities. Yelling at them for not finishing work or making them sit outside for talking even though it was obviously another girl at the table talking. He did this All under the guise of a “funny dude”, and any sly attempt at bringing it up to him was tricked over with teacher excuses. Plus who was I? A college volunteer? It became hard for me to go to that room 3 times a week and witness the injustice those kids faced every day. It drove me crazy. but any time I thought about skipping a volunteer day or slacking off with headphones on doing grading in the corner, I thought about what those kids would be missing from ME. If the only kindness that child would be shown from an adult that day was extra spelling help from me, then wow do I have a responsibility to that kid. At the end of my volunteer time I eventually wrote a letter to my professor to be passed on to that teacher explaining what I felt. I want to believe he read it and changed his ways......
My message here is two-fold. And no I’m not saying you must show up when you’re sick or injured 😷. Obviously lol. The first is that if you know of a teacher who has “checked out” please talk to them and offer help encouragement or support. Their students can’t rely on them, but they can rely on you. The second message is the ever relevant one to “leave your baggage at the door”. Your students need you. They don’t understand why you’re yelling at them for talking too loud because you had a fight with your spouse last night or were stuck in traffic this morning. They don’t deserve a teacher who shoos away students in need because you “just can’t even” with them today. Show up for them. Every. Day.
IT’S THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL! You guys I am so excited for this school year! It will be my 4th year in Special Education, but my first year in this district and my first year as Mrs. Lewandowski! I’m so thankful for this journey and can’t wait to share what this year has in store!
Can I go into the school year feeling this way?! We took this picture last night on a ride at the fair. My 4 year old can be timid and cautious but last night he wasn’t! We had a blast. Feeling like there is a life lesson in his example ❤️
Another successful meet the teacher night in the books! I am so excited to begin my 4th year of teaching with such an amazing staff and students. My heart is already so full from all the hugs and smiles I got from students ❤️❤️
First day back to school! High hopes. Big dreams. New beginnings.
To all the parents and teachers who have made it out the door on time and smiling, CONGRATS!
To all the parents who forgot something on the list, are rushing to make the bus or bell on time, and gave up on getting a pic with smiles... take a deep breath. We are all rooting for you and know our day of a crazy morning is coming!