Today and on the 25th of every month of 2012 I have invited 12 of the most influential people in my life to share a blog post with you!  Each has influenced me both professionally and personally. My hope is that the knowledge, kindness, creativity, and compassion they have shared with me will reflect through their post in a way that YOU will be encouraged, entertained, challenged and strengthened to continue to strive for excellence as a professional and as a person.

It was an honor for Bonnie to ask me to write a guest blog. I was a tad nervous because I have never written for anything “fun” before. All of my writing adventures have been for school and college degrees. I was excited to write about my passion for working with people with special needs and the positive impact they have all made on my life. Often when asked, “What do you do for a living?” I enthusiastically respond, “I am a special education teacher!” It seems as though everyone’s first reaction is, “Wow! You must have a lot of patience. That sounds like a tough job.” I have always felt it is the exact opposite. My student’s are the true teachers showing me what patience, acceptance, and having a passion for life really means. Who is fortunate enough to wake up each morning wondering what adventure the day will hold? Will I laugh? Will I experience an incredible teaching moment? Will it just be a tough day? Will I have tears in my eyes watching a student’s success? One of the best parts of this career path is, if it’s an off day I have the attitude let’s go to sleep and try again tomorrow because it’s a new day with new possibilities. I am continuously grateful that I do what I love and I love what I do. I attribute this to the student’s, families, and professionals I have been fortunate to work with.

Kellie Dziemianzuk, M.Ed holds a Bachelors in Education from Kent State University as an Intervention Specialist ages 5-22 (Moderate-Intensive) and a Masters in Administration and Supervision from Cleveland State University. She is also a licensed Early Childhood Intervention Specialist from birth-age 5. Kellie works as an Early Childhood Intervention Specialist leading the preschool Autism Unit and has been involved in the Special Olympics program through Lake Metroparks since 2002.  In 2010, she began her private consulting business providing in-home and community based consultation and tutoring services to families in need.  Kellie can be contacted at kelliedziemianzuk@gmail.com