September 17, 2020 by Cathy Stack
Contessa’s student, Demarion Pittman, has special needs due to a traumatic brain injury. Even though Demarion can’t see well or walk without help, he can still hear. He was clearly thrilled as he listened to his teacher read to him from the comfort of his doorway. She read from the book, “Grasshopper and the Ant,” as she acted out parts in her unique animated fashion. It is as if the teacher and student have developed their own special language.
When asked by a reporter, what she was doing there? “Love. Letting him know I’m still here,” the teacher replied. Demarion’s mother praised Contessa’s dedication but was not at all surprised by it knowing the teacher’s kind nature. The teacher’s presence brings her son comfort and stability in a very disorienting time for him. “He's not in his normal school environment. I'm sure he's wondering why we're all at home every single day together,” his mother commented. Teachers know that students learn best when they are in a comfortable and safe environment and they strive to create that for them. They offer their students more than lessons; they offer kindness and encouragement which often have a positive transformative influence in their student’s lives. Contessa shows us the unique relationship a teacher has with an amazing special needs student such as Demarion. Her story clearly illustrates the real meaning of special education and the value of true dedication
“I just think that's great, that she would go above and beyond. I think teachers are heroes,” said Demarion’s mother, clearly grateful for the teacher’s dedication. PassItOn also believes teachers are heroes. They have one of the hardest jobs as they serve many roles such as counselor, disciplinarian and educator. They calm fears, boost confidence and provide their students with the tools needed for future success. Dedicated teachers ensure that each child knows that they are special and valued. They see potential and refuse to give up. Instead they find innovative ways to make lessons engaging and interesting for their students in order to ignite their passion for learning. PassItOn honors Contessa and all teachers for their dedicated service. Please help us celebrate all teachers by sharing this heartwarming story.
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