As many of you know, I have been teaching Special Education in San Francisco for the past two years at Bret Harte Elementary School. As many of you also know, I didn't expect to be assigned to Special Education and was apprehensive to say the least when I began my journey as "Miss Martin".
To say that I have learned a lot would be the understatement of the century. Every single day I have been on the job, I encounter something new-whether surprising, exciting, or challenging-I am never off my toes. I have appreciated my experience so much, and despite many difficulties and draining days, I wouldn't trade it for the world.
As the school year and my time in San Francisco come to a close, I wanted to do something outside of the classroom to say goodbye to the city and start a tradition in my own life of supporting measures to ensure that students with special needs are supported in order to reach their fullest potentials. I am planning on running my second half marathon as a tribute to this cause. How fast am I going to go? I am not sure. But I promise, the more support I get from awesome friends and family, the faster it will be :).
I have personally had several students with autism in my classroom and have friends and colleagues who also work with students on the spectrum. It is becoming more and more common in children, and I truly feel that research on the topic is so valuable and becoming more and more valid as the incidence of autism is on the rise.
It would mean so much to me if you could donate anything to this cause and help me make a positive impact on something that is near and dear to my heart! Any contribution would help, and if you are more curious about the topic, I have provided a link to an organization that i think has wonderful information about it! Also, if you cannot make a contribution, please feel free to forward this site to someone you think may want to do so---anything is appreciated!
All my love and enthusiasm,