I’ve been getting asked the question if we are going to make the move to California a lot lately. My response, we are here for definitely one more year and we haven’t thought past that part yet. After much consideration and weighing in basically everything, our decision to stay here in NYC was made based mostly on where we are at with Ryder and schools. He has so much hands helping him inside the school as well as outside. It took two years of figuring out exactly what services he needs, and I can’t and won’t take him away from that. Right now, he gets services in school with amazing therapists and will continue to see them next year as well. Outside of school, we are continuing to see an eye therapist and regular therapist. It took a bit to get this all in place, but I couldn’t be happier with the progress he is making on a daily when he comes to learning, especially reading.
Someone who has made the most impact for Ryder, was his reading teacher Mr. Nick. I know we all have a teacher who made a deep impact on us as a child, and I am certain that he will be that one for my son. Mr. Nick is a reading specialist and has helped him in Kindergarten as well as 1st Grade. I’m hoping he will be able to be his specialist in 2nd grade too. Mr. Nick basically taught, encouraged, and inspired Ryder to want to learn how to read. He worked one on one with Ryder everyday in school and really sparked a switch in him to make him want to this for himself. He truly is a gift and both Jason and I are forever grateful to him.
thredUP.com, a company I use often when donating my children’s clothing and as well as shopping like-new clothing, have partnered with AdoptAClassroom.org to recognize and thank teachers for their hard work and the positive impact they make each day on our children’s lives. Teachers are extremely generous with their time as well as their money. According to AdoptAClassroom.org, teachers spend an average of $500 of their own money each year to equip their classrooms, some even outfitting students with clothing.
Today, I nominate Mr. Nick Felts from PS 276. He understood my son’s difficulties and continued to work through his struggles with reading and writing. He gave him the confidence, motivation, and determination to want to learn. All teachers should be as dedicated as he is.
Do you have a teacher you want to be recognized…CLICK HERE. Read the inspiring nominations and watch an adorable video of kids thanking teachers at thredUP.com/Teachers. The nomination period for #RaiseAHand For Teachers will run July 15 – August 23. Three teachers each win $2,500 for classroom supplies and $500 to thredUP. 50 runner-up winners receive $100 to thredUP. Winners will be announced September 8, 2015.