Today we’d like to introduce you to Lindsey Tigges.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Lindsey. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I began my adventure into the field of education right out of undergrad. I knew I wanted to be a teacher, however, I didn’t know where to go from there. I took the advice of former teachers and began substitute teaching. I was quickly placed into a special education classroom – and I guess that’s where the real story begins. I fell in love with the setting, the approach, and of course, the kids! I went for my master in Severe Disabilities (k-12) and finished up my student teaching year with the students I had met that on my first day subbing 3 years prior.
From there, I have been so fortunate for the past 5 years to work with the most amazing students of all abilities and extremely talented teams of teachers and assistants.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It has not always been easy! The variables in a Special Education teacher’s day are arguably unmatched in any other field – that may be biased! Seriously though, given such a vast array of student abilities, behaviors, and individualized programming in one room can definitely feel overwhelming at times. In Special Education, no day will ever be the same. I have found that if you focus on one thing at a time, learn from your mistakes, and trust your education you will be okay. If I were to give one piece of advice, it would be built meaningful relationships with your students. No matter what disability or diagnosis, students can tell if you’re truly there for them. Let them know that you’re enjoying being a part of their life. Be engaging and have fun!
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Special Education Teacher – what should we know?
My goal as a special education teacher is to foster a positive relationship with the school despite the challenges each learner is faced with. I want my students to understand that they can that their challenges, whether that be developmental or behavioral, are not going to prevent them from being the best leaner they can be. There are so many ways to teach and being able to creatively present information is so important. Each student’s profile is so different and each student accesses information so differently. Using a multi-sensory approach to teaching – songs, dancing, yoga, play, weighted materials, sounds, different textured materials, messy art, elements of nature- is the root of the philosophy in my classroom. It’s fun to create meaningful connections to information.
Do you feel like there was something about the experiences you had growing up that played an outsized role in setting you up for success later in life?
I truly feel that the love and support from my family and friends played a role in setting me up for success with my career. They believed in me, so I believed in myself.
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