Education Matters Teacher

GETTING THERE WAS UNEXPECTEDáá BUT ONE MRS. PERRY SOON REALIZED WAS HER CALLING. KARK 4’S SUSANNE BRUNNER SHOWS US HOW IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THIS EDUCATION MATTERS REPORT. Ola Perry/Special Education Teacher “We teach them all the time, but there are so many other times we forget that they have things to offer too.” MEET OLA PERRYáá THE NEWEST SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER AT DON ROBERTS ELEMENTARY IN LITTLE ROCK. SHE’S NOT NEW AROUND CAMPUS. MRS. PERRY HAS SPENT THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS AS A PARAPROFESSIONAL IN THIS CLASSROOM. Ola Perry/Special Education Teacher “It became the biggest thing in my life.” MRS. PERRY HAD JUST RETIREDáá SPENDING 25 YEARS IN HUMAN RESOURCES. BUT A FRIEND NEEDED SOME HELP IN THE CLASSROOM. HAVING TWO GRANDCHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDSáá MRS. PERRY REALIZED THIS IS WHERE SHE WANTED TO BE. Ola Perry/Special Education Teacher “That’s the most important thing. Getting into the mind of this child because you don’t know how they left home. You don’t know what kind of family environment they came from.” EDUCATORS SAW A SPARK IN THIS PARAPROFESSIONALáá THEY ENCOURAGED HER TO BE A TEACHER. MRS. PERRY WENT BACK TO SCHOOL TO WORK TOWARD A MASTERS OF ARTS IN TEACHING SPECIAL EDUCATION. SHE PASSED THE REQUIRED TESTSáá AND IS HEREáá NOT AS A SUBáá BUT A FULLáTIME TEACHER. Ola Perry/Special Education Teacher “I said ‘look how old I am, what am I doing starting all over again? What is this about, I’ve already had my time.’ And he said you know what he said your career is what you paid for, but your calling is what you’re created for.” AT 60áYEARSáOLDááMRS. PERRY IS PROUD TO SAY SHE HAS FOUND HER CALLING. IN LITTLE ROCKáá I’M SUSANNE BRUNNER. ((BOB)) RIGHT NOWáá MRS. PERRY HAS SIX CLASSES LEFT TO

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