Special Olympics Segment 1: Teachers
The role of an educated -- only -- as far beyond the boundaries of the classroom and to San Francisco's special education teachers. The opportunity to make a difference was too great to pass up. I have coached sports in the past. And one of the sport's growth approach but actually for Special Olympics as an adult. And I loved that it was literally -- highlight of my week I knew that when I was going to practice bat Thursday night it was it was going to be the best day of my week. So when I was trying to figure out my -- I realized I wanted to -- and teaching history after infection. That's my graduate school. Or education. And coming itself an injury. I would have had a young children at home and I was substitute teaching. And then those students just fascinated me they placed me in the classroom that no one wanted to stay in. And I thought -- here's an opportunity I'll take the challenge I'll see how long you can last until I was sixteen years. Partnership between the San Francisco school district in the Special Olympics this stretch for decades. He -- students and teachers alike inevitable. Special Olympics is great for so many reasons but the partnership with the schools is fabulous because. I found us the people involved with Special Olympics. -- -- and let me consult. Immediately available it's always. By email. Letter comes to the classroom all of my students and I -- Men's coach Paul coming haven't -- make you remembered by the team I think I. Know there's significant majority. Students that are in this program. That before this program started. Never kicked a soccer ball and never had a chance to to run a fifteen year race -- -- race and so we're providing. I'm opportunities for students. With disabilities and special needs that they may not have otherwise there's something very serious. Problems or. Struggles the students. That it's a good time at that time. And Lotta people are not exposed especially. Its population. -- soon. Become indoctrinated so to speak and you understand where they're coming from you realist how beautifully. -- badly as the games in the in the war. They get to see their kids being successful they get to see that their kids. They're not. They're not the only ones they made some sort of -- challenge but there are we're all facing different challenges in life and Special Olympics. Some of the athletes are facing physical disabilities. There's cognitive disabilities but. For families that are now in the shop and everybody's cheering and everybody's happy and even the last person crosses and it's. A winner it just made -- And that. Any doubt that they might have you know has. As to what their child is capable of because right off and it's hurtful. Their children again limiting candidate can't do that becomes a Special Olympics and hopeful again. -- transition team to Janet that they'll. The love and care than she gives are still exist truly resentment. I had seen the most. Very refreshing very uninhabited. Do things and save things that no others to and I've got it. Thousand very inspirational to be around. All last year I had breast cancer and I actually came to work miss today's daily treatments and chemotherapy. Just to be around the students because it gave me so much joy and love. The lessons learned on the tracks in the polls and in gymnasiums are generally shared directly. Outside the lines. They're also learning social skills -- there learning how to train. To be on the team. Sometimes a higher level students can constrained to be a basketball team for us soccer team and and -- provide turn into those teams and we're not trying to segregate. Students especially if we're trying to. These teams. In the hall of the district with other students. The greatest skill that they learned it's just go how much. They're obviously that's one of the great things of that when the kids purchasing specialist and really haven't gotten to stop elementary school age. Continues to explore and there's still the opportunity -- beyond. High school into. Adult life to hurt us. Not only does the playing field athletes together but it brings teams together that create the social network. The court and I had that in. The Special Olympics community truly knows no bounds. Inspiration seven present. People that are very challenging -- -- Little things in life. So this is the best job I've ever had. To see kids smile and to feel. Productive and feel like they're having an -- In many different ways not just in the classroom learning early and ride it out here learning how to run lanes for the they'll make you live longer. They've given me so much inspiration. Just to watch some girl is just so exciting it's so exciting and their five. And cannot forgive -- -- -- just -- but I have. Put up some pretty great thing. That's exactly like out of that.
Teachers share their inspirational stories from working with the kids.