A. I am the first through third grade behavioral support education teacher.
Q. How did you become a teacher?
A. I always wanted to be a teacher since I was a very young man attending elementary school in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. I only had one male teacher in elementary school. Not only did he look like me, he understood what level I was working on in my studies and made me feel like I was important. I wanted to be that male role model for students too. After learning more about education at Cleveland State University, I decided that my presence was needed more in a special education program. The number of students being diagnosed with ASD (autism spectrum disorder) and other exceptionalities was growing. I wanted to not only be that teacher I mentioned above, I wanted to help in a monumental way.
Q. What is Behavior and Emotional Support and why did you choose to teach it?
A. Behavior and emotional support is teaching and creating a usable tool box for students to use in emotional crisis. Emotional crisis in my classroom can be defined as frustration because of rigorous school work or coming to school with an emotional event that took place last night or this morning still brewing in the student’s mind. I choose to teach behavior and emotional support for two reasons. The first reason is because I want every student I meet to be prepared for the real world. In life people will be upset and feel as if they are overwhelmed. However, we must be able to disengage, take a deep breath, and handle this issue head-on using a technique that works for us. Also, behavior and emotional support in classroom helps the teacher with classroom management and maximizes teaching time.