Kindergarten had been so rough for him. A majority of his day was spent dealing with the crisis team. His behavior issues were so great that he barely was able to learn. About 5 months into Kindergarten, he started learning his letters and shapes. He constantly told us that he wanted to go to the Church school with his sisters. We explained that he couldn't go if he behaved the way he did. We took him to the girls' school events and he loved it. He smiled, laughed and rarely acted out. Academically, he was struggling, simply because he missed so much instruction and we worried that while his behavior was going well, the frustration of being behind might be too much for him to handle. But every day he asked at pick up to go to that school.
I saw him adopt some of her mannerisms and encourage his love of learning. And while a child's behavior can be a compliment to the parent, I know that we did not succeed alone. Mrs. H is a teacher that has made her mark on this child and I cannot be more thankful.
When I heard that Mrs. H was retiring, I cried. I cried in thanks that my son was in her last class. I cried for the students that will not be lucky enough to grace room 24. Our son is completely integrated and entering second grade on grade level.
On the last day of school, he turned to me and said, "Mom, I know how to spell faith. Mrs. H taught me. F-A-I-T-H."
She taught me that too.
Thank you. I'm glad we took the integration journey together.
You will be missed.