I’m not really supposed to be here yet. My official start date is August 1, but I’m the kind of person who needs to check things out in advance to be sure they work – or at least to be sure that I understand what I need to do to help them work. So my first official post is born a few days prematurely.
I’m honored to have been asked to be the blog mom for August. August is a wonderful month. We can still enjoy the lazy days of the summer and travel or visit with family and friends … we can wrap up a successful summer school session… and we start to think about returning to the classroom as we nurture and develop those new ideas and thoughts of things “we should really try to do someday.”
Thank you for this wonderful opportunity to share some time with you in cyberspace. But, who am I?
My name is Sheila Amato. I am (not necessarily in order of importance) a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a teacher of students who are blind/visually impaired, and a university teacher trainer. I am a soccer player (a goalkeeper!) an avid and addicted geocacher, a weaver-to-be, and I’m someone who loves to be (has to be!) organized. In September, I will start my 38th year as a teacher. I have only and always been a special education teacher. I have been selected to guest-mom this blog because I am the CEC 2008 Teacher of the Year.
I love reading, collecting CDs of local street musicians from my travels, Chinese bamboo plants that grow in water, thunderstorms, walking on the beach in the winter, bicycle riding, and I’ve just rekindled my love for horseback riding. I’m worried about peace in the world; my younger son is a US Marine. I’m not thrilled about flying in airplanes. Yes, I do sleep at night.
I’m delighted to be a part of this unique method of communication. We’re a diverse group, and there is a wealth of knowledge and experience among us. Each one of us, in our own unique way, will make a lasting contribution to our area of special education. I look forward to the opportunity to spend some time with all of you in cyberspace.
And, as a teacher always does, I have a homework assignment ready for you.
What book that you have read has had the greatest personal and/or professional impact on your life… and why?
See ya around,