Open Letter to my students family
An open letter to the mum, dad or caregiver at 1st day of school drop off,
I have been waiting for this day for a long time, the day I finally get to meet your child. Today I get to see your child in their classroom and begin a journey for the next academic year. I know you are concerned about how today will go, this week, this month, this year as a whole. For now let’s focus on today. Today I meet your child.
I am a 1-1 support for children who have Autism. I am dedicated, I am passionate and I will never be able to do another job because this job is who I am. I am privileged to go on a journey with these children, to see them grow throughout the year, to stand alongside them as they face challenges, be their cheerleader when they succeed and their motivator when they don’t.
The first day of school is my favourite. I get to meet your child. I get to start their journey with them. It may be a quiet start, a loud start, a fast paced or slower start. It could be a great start full of achievements, it could be a more challenging start. However the day goes, it is the start. I will go home with a head full of ideas and a heart full of determination. I will look forward to the second day of school.
My promise to you is that I will do my best to support your child through this year. I will do my best to inspire them in their learning. I will do my best to comfort them when they are anxious or upset. I will allow them to grow in their own ways and I will always be vigilant for any type of success. I will also push your child. With me they will be told consistently that they are capable, intelligent children who can succeed in school.
I have spent summer making resources that may never get used. Designing lesson plans that may never get used. They may help your child. They may not. It doesn’t matter because one day there will be a child who uses them. If they don’t fit for your child, I will make different resources, ones that work for them. And I will love doing so as I know this builds trust. One day you child will trust me to help others see how wonderful they are.
I will never know the feelings you are going through on this, the first morning of the school year. But I know what I am feeling, determined that I will be here for your child, for you, for the school, in order to enable your child to thrive this year. Please know that I am here today, and will be tomorrow, regardless of how the day goes. This job isn’t easy but I am acutely aware that when days are are difficult for me, they are much more difficult for your child. I am dedicated to being here each morning, ready to start the day with you both.
I have been waiting for this day for a long time, I will greet you at the door with a smile and a hug ready for day number 1. #specialneedsteacher #autismteacher