Trying to make a difference

Special Ed teachers are so frustrated with the school system that they often leave and become private tutors, as this one shared in a recent email: 

Susan, I have a real passion for the students who don’t catch on to reading and spelling when taught using regular curriculum.

In fact, that’s why I switched from being a regular ed teacher to a special ed teacher. I attended several Orton-Gillingham workshops and seminars, and I bought the first few Barton levels with my own money to use with my LD students.

For the past 2 years, I taught Barton as best I could within the special ed system – and got some fabulous results. My principal was amazed at the increased reading levels of my students.

Trying to make a difference

But with all the “red tape” and political stuff we have to deal with, the special ed system does not allow me to do what I am I really passionate about: meeting each student’s individualized needs.

I am not allowed to spend enough time, with the correct resources, in a small enough group to help my students become the best they can be.

Sadly, I know I cannot change the special ed system. So I have decided to leave and start offering one-on-one Barton tutoring.

I know not every parent will be able to afford to hire me. But I would rather serve a few children well, so they reach their potential, then continue to serve many students poorly.

Wish me luck. This is a big leap of faith, and quite a change for me. But it’s the only way I can do what I’m passionate about: helping these bright kids the right way.

3 responses

  1. Karen McCloskey | Reply

    I am also a special ed teacher and this is exactly how I feel! Unfortunately, I cannot leave the system yet, but I am very excited for you and your new endeavor. Wishing you all the best!

  2. Kim J. Schmidt | Reply

    Best of luck! That is my ultimate goal also, but while I wait, I am going to help as many of my special education students as I possibly can. I also have a passion for those who are not in special education, because I can’t help them at all. Please let me know how it works out for you!

  3. I am a special education teacher and this is how I feel as well. I have been looking into tutoring on my own, but so far haven’t dared to change careers because I need the health insurance. Would love to hear how it all works out.

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