To the special Ed teacher

And to the assistants who work with them
  1. I know you're tired
    You hide it behind a cheery disposition but one day in your world and I am utterly exhausted
  2. I know you feel invisible
    There, in your corner of the world, away from everyone and excluded from most of us all day long.
  3. I see your walls
    You don't know how much you can tell me. You feel like you can't open up to anyone about how hard your job is. I hope you will believe me when I say, you really can.
  4. I know you feel judged
    Your job means you can't be like the soft spoken, sugary sweet teachers that surround you. You have to be firm and your tone must be stronger. Just know that as far as I'm concerned, you're not being judged. You're being admired.
  5. I know you're scared
    You have fears and concerns that most classroom teachers can't imagine. But just know that all of your fears are more than valid. And that you are strong enough to get through it all. And also, you don't have to be brave all the time. I promise.
  6. You are magical
    I can barely walk a day in your shoes. And even though I worked with you today I can't even begin to compare myself to you. I'm in awe of you.