As special educators, we strive to emulate the work of the Master Teacher, Jesus Christ, who performed miracles for the blind, the deaf, and the poor in spirit. We combine the best of science and faith to help all students learn critical social, emotional, and academic skills.
Careers in Special Education
I am so grateful that I chose special education. I know it is a career that I can find meaning in. I love working with real people every day and trying to be creative in helping to meet each student’s needs. For example, this past year I worked with a group of rowdy 6th grade boys. There were definitely some tears along the way, but by the end of the school year I felt that we had a great relationship. The students felt accepted, [and] we all learned tough lessons and progressed. It felt good to be a part of something meaningful.
I am so grateful that I chose to begin my career as an educator in the Special Education program at BYU. I loved the atmosphere of the program; the class sizes were small and the course loads were intellectually challenging and intriguing. What I found to be most valuable was the exceptional faculty who mentored me on a personal level from day one. The faculty helped me to be placed in a nearby school district in which I flourished.
As a Palestinian undergraduate, my nationality, learning pedagogy, and ambition to serve were all interwoven. My passion for special education grew during my time in the Special Education program, volunteering at local schools, working on research with supportive faculty members, student teaching, and, most importantly, working alongside behavior analysts and literacy specialists. These experiences revived and enriched my aspirations to serve exceptional students globally. Live each day to teach. Teach each child to serve. Serve each moment to live.
The BYU Special Education program taught me to be an advocate for students with disabilities. Because of this focus, I helped several students participate in the school musical. These remarkable students attended rehearsals and participated in every performance. I was awarded the Provo Way award for outstanding service. I would have not achieved this award without the support and training from the BYU faculty. Thank you for training me to help change the world.
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