"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." Maya Angelou
He ran and hugged me and said, "Do you know what I want most for my birthday?" (which is April 12th)
"Of course I do! Jonathan. "The DS Pokemon White game you've been talking about, right?"
To which he replied, "No Mom...I want one more hug from Ms. Zino."
What an impact this woman made on my son. He is almost 11 now. Kindergarten was half his life ago, yet he still remembers her love in his life. Kudos to the educators that pour their love and life into our kids. They really can make a difference. And this young woman sure has. He still thinks about her and yearns for her touch on his life. He had a different Kindergarten teacher in the beginning of the year. That teacher was not inclined to make accommodations for Jonathan because he needed more time and energy than the average child to be included successfully. The first K teacher really could not be bothered. Ms Z, however, became fully involved doing whatever it took to help my son not only be successful but thrive in her room. He was blessed to remain her her class the following year as well. We both got pretty attached!
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AWEtism....Life on the BRIGHT SIDE of the Spectrum