We just came off of winter break. As a school district employee, you’d expect that staff would be excited to have an unexpected day off due to inclement weather. I am not your typical school employee. I love my job and the people I work with.
I’m not a teacher, I’m support staff, and that could be why I don’t have the desire for more time away from school. Teachers have major responsibility of planning lessons, and I get to be the one who helps carry out the plan for the day.
We had one day back after break yesterday, and as mentally exhausting as it is to be a support person for the gang of 18-24 year-olds, I really enjoy them. I don’t always like their attitudes, their mouths, or their refusal to participate in the activities we have planned, but they are human beings worthy of acceptance for who they are while we work on the skills needed for acceptance by future employers.
That’s the goal of our program. Meaningful employment and personal independence. My hope for each of them is that they will grow a little more this year. It’s my goal to instill within them that they have a purpose to fulfill, that they are important regardless of past mistakes.
Many of the students reciprocate my feelings about time away from the program. As much as they buck at the daily expectations, we’ve created a safe place for them to grow and for some it’s better than anyplace else. We’re a bit of a crazy family, and I like it that way.
So, I make the best of a snow day and welcome the opportunity to advance my writing skills, to edit a bit, to write a bit more and probably get those groceries–a task I’ve been avoiding until the coffee was completely depleted.