This blog post is written by Mr. David Byrd. Mr. Byrd is beginning his 9th year teaching Special Education.
As a Special Education teacher, I work very closely, oftentimes one on one, with students who have an Individual Education Program (IEP). About 15% of the Lewisburg Middle School student population is considered to be a part of special education. Special Education students are very successful at Lewisburg Middle because the Administration, General Education teachers, Counselors and the Special Education teachers work very closely together. Many special education students participate in extracurricular activities here at LMS. Extracurricular activities such as soccer, volleyball, football, cheer, choir, and a variety of clubs allow students to be involved with their peers in a non-academic setting.
Motivation and inspiration are two factors that affect my students the most. For Special Education students to be successful in middle school, high school and society, EFFORT is an absolute must. A strong relationship where each student knows I am invested in him/her can make a huge difference in a student’s work ethic. Assignments, classwork and homework are more likely to be completed if the student knows the work is relevant to their future.
The faculty and staff at Lewisburg Middle School provide an excellent example for students to follow. The atmosphere at Lewisburg Middle School is a great place for children to learn because teachers model positive, healthy, professional relationships.