This is the first year that I have been sad to see school end for Ashley. Really..can you believe I just made that statement???
Ashley's teacher is wonderful. She is the first teacher that has ever - EVER - taken a real interest in learning how to effectively teach Ashley. That teacher has also decided to pursue a Masters degree in Reading and Literacy with a focus on students with deafblindness.
Whoa! Sounds almost like the Twilight Zone, or like maybe I am caught in a dream.
The changes in Ashley have been monumental because of this teacher. And, the high school Ashley attends is very inclusive. Yesterday, the PTA gave out tee-shirts to the kids that had the words, "J.R. Tucker, Henrico Countyis Best Kept Secret." And it really is that.
So thank you, Mrs. Marsh. Thank you to all the teachers and staff who have made a difference in Ashley's life. Thank you to the clinic nurse and staff for taking such good care of my daughter this school year. Thank you to the administration for the support you show your teachers and staff, and for knowing personally who Ashley is. I know in a large school that it must be difficult to know all the students, but somehow you make it happen. Thank you to the bus drivers and aides. And thank you, other students, who called Ashley your friend.
We will miss you all, but look forward to September!