In case you haven’t been privy to my mentioning it before, I’ll mention it again. I am so blessed to work with a fabulous group of women at Jenks West Elementary, Building B. All 38 of them! ♡
I had the privilege earlier this week to break bread with ALL the special education staff in our building. At one time. Together at one table. That was a first. And probably a last. (For the scheduling of it.)
We have two rooms dedicated to special education. Two teachers, one for our three year old developmental pre-K program and one for our pre-K friends, a speech pathologist, and five paraprofessionals. Our pre-K teacher was out on maternity leave when school began this year and has since resigned to stay at home with her children. There have been several substitutes filling the void. And the excellent teamwork of the three paras dedicated to that room. And the valiant group efforts of those in the three year old program as well to fill in the gaps. It is true when they say it takes a village. 🙂
Our principal was ever so kind to provide lunch for us all as a token of appreciation for the teamwork and flexibility during this time of transition.
We broke bread together wirh none other than Panera Bread for our dining pleasure. How appropriate! 🙂
It seemed only fitting to open in prayer. Lord knows we’ve all said our share of prayers over our classrooms, our students, and their parents the past several months we’ve been in session. I asked the group if they minded. All were in favor. As I prayed a prayer of thanksgiving for these ladies and this time spent together, a tear suddenly rolled down my cheek.. It touched my heart at the gesture of appreciation on behalf of our principal, and it touched my heart to be in the presence of such an all encompassing group of fine educators who care so deeply in the specially designed instruction for our friends. Not everyone can do it. But everyone in that room not only could, but would. In a heart beat. That’s who they are. That’s what they are made of. They go the extra mile. They think outside the box. They cheer when a word is uttered from the non-verbal child. They smile when a child recognizes their name, a letter, a shape, or a color.They cry when they see education lose its significance in the eyes of Americans at the polls on election Tuesday. But they get up each morning and do it again. Not for the salary, but for the love of the children.
We spent the most enjoyable 30 minutes for our lunch hour that day together sharing each one at a time in their plans for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. No shop talk was allowed. No teaching. Only fellowship.
As Thanksgiving rolls around, I’m thankful. Thankful for so many things. But today it’s the blessing of being a part of the Jenks West Elementary School Special Education department in Building B. Part of a group who continually devote themselves wholeheartedly to the teaching of the special needs child. And still turn to God in prayer . ♡
I love you ladies! ♡
They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Acts 2:42
Love and laughter,