Clear the List – Julie Ennis

My name is Julie Ennis Special Education 1-3 teacher at Frank West Elementary School. I have wanted to be a teacher for as long as I can remember. Most summers while growing up I remember keeping my school workbooks and making my older sister participate in pretend school, where I was always the teacher assigning her the same assignments my teachers would assign to me during the school year. Even from a young age I was drawn to the teaching profession. Being able to teach my students is one of the biggest privileges in my life. With that said, here’s a little more about my journey into teaching and why I chose to teach in the amazing field of special education. I started off my journey in Special Education because of my older sister. She was born with disabilities due to trauma she experienced during birth and as a result participated in special education programs her entire school career until she aged out at twenty two years old. My sister is the most genuine person I know. Anyone who knows her will agree that she is undoubtedly the life of any party and imparts a beautiful sense of joy and fun with whoever meets her. She definitely has been my biggest cheerleader in life and the best sister a girl could ever ask for. She inspired me with some of her school experience to become an instructional aide in the hopes I could make a difference in other individual’s lives while also making a living while finishing my education. I found so much joy in working with the students in special education that I decided to switch my credential from multiple subjects to special education. I continued to work as an aide for almost five years and have experience working with Pre-K-2nd/9th-12th grade students. During this time I finished college and accepted a position as a Special Education teacher. This will be my fifth year teaching in the classroom, and I’m still in awe that my childhood dream has come true. That little girl who made her older sister play school every summer is still a part of me and she still  jumps up and down for the blessing God allowed her to achieve. It’s safe to say that teaching is one of my greatest passions in life and is something I strive to continually grow in. To continue my pursuit of growing as an educator, I decided to create a classroom wish list to remind myself about the things I want to eventually purchase for my students and classroom. My hope is that these items will create a fun and engaging learning environment for any students who enters into my classroom. Thank you for allowing me to share about my road to teaching and my awesome sister who inspired it all.