CRAIGHEAD COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - Mrs. Kelly Green, a special education teacher at Valley View High School, was selected as our January Teacher of the Month.
Green has 14 years in the education field and has spent the last 7 years at Valley View High School.
She has a close relationship with her students, who she refers to as her kids.
Green said her own personal struggle inspired her to pursue a career in special education.
"My undergraduate is in communication disorders and I'm a severe dyslexic," Green said. "I did not get accepted into graduate school. I sat out and my mom and dad said, 'I know you're married but if you go back to school and do special ed like we told you to a long time ago, we'll pay for it.' So, I went in and, even though I'm a severe dyslexic, I got a 4-point all the way through graduate school and knew that when it's right, it's right."
She said her own experience has helped her with what she teaches in her classroom.
Green said she understands how things can sometimes be frustrating and difficult but believes with guidance, her students can excel.
Green helps make the transition into adulthood smoother for her students by teaching them how to become independent and learn basic skills she said people often take for granted.
"I want them to learn how to live their lives," Green said. "How to load the dishwasher or wash dishes, make a bed, vacuum, dust, all of those things. It's about doing the same things over and over again to make sure you can do it. Whether it's in my classroom or at home or independently."
Green's students collaborate with general education students on several projects and help complete tasks around the campus to help gain insight on what it's like to have a job.
"We also go to the food bank once a month to help them pack boxes in order for them to go to any kind of job," Green said. "I try to get them out into the community to see what's out there. I've brought community members in and different facilities they might go into once they graduate high school."
Green said she was honored that someone took the time out to write a nomination letter for her.
"You never get to see how you work in other people's lives until you see somebody come by and say you're doing a fantastic job, those kids really know how to do everything you've instilled in them," Green said. "I do it because I can lay my head down at night and know that I've been the best that I can be today."
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