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Students learn skills for life with Mr. Fox

Victoria Walker, Staff Writer

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Mr.Fox is one of the Special Education teachers at Edison. He helps students with special needs to learn functional skills before they graduate. He helps prepare students for the challenges of life beyond high school.

SR: What do you teach?

BF: I teach functional skills. It is a class for students with moderate to severe special needs and we focus on teaching the students functioning academics and life skills.

SR: How would you describe your experience with teaching?

BF: My job is a lot of fun and every day is different. You come to work every day not knowing what to expect. You come to work with a plan on what to do that week. Working with these students I definitely have to compensate different special needs. I have to use different instructions and techniques to meet all of their different levels of ability.

 

SR: Why did you become a teacher?

BF: I volunteered for the Special Olympics and at the time I was working in finance. That job was not good and I really enjoyed working with this population of students. I was offered a job working in Special Ed. So I took that and worked for a year and from then on, I tried different things in and out of school. For a while I really didn’t want to be a teacher then I finally realize the best opportunity for my goals and future was to work with these kids. I started to get my teaching credential and I really enjoyed being in a classroom again.   

SR: Did you always want to be a teacher?

BF: You know, when I used to sit in class from elementary on I really did not like school. Then I told myself I would never want to be a teacher. There were a lot of teachers in my family. My mom was a teacher for 30 years and my grandmother was a teacher. My sister was also a teacher and my cousins worked in education. It just never seemed like something I ever wanted to do. So no, I did not want to be a teacher growing up.

SR: Do you have any advice for students?

BF: My advice for students is to not just focus on one thing. You might think you know what you want to do, but don’t be afraid to try other things. Also if you don’t know the answer to something, the answer is out there somewhere. Always be willing to learn something new.

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