I graduated from the University of South Carolina with a major in Theatre many years ago.
It sure was fun, but I later found a more profitable career as a “computer person.” (I’m actually a database and ETL developer, but that’s usually TMI for most folks).
In my journey as a special needs parent, I’ve experienced the gambit of reactions to my son. I have of course, run into cretins who have no belief in behavior disorders and choose to level their judgment on me as a parent. Happily those encounters, while painful, are rare. What I focus on are the extraordinary teachers, therapists, and parents whom I’ve met since I started seeking help for my son. Some of them were so extraordinary that I accidentally started a fantastic school with them, where I am fortunate to serve as a board member.
Running a school is very challenging, and luckily I do not bear the brunt of the burden at Cloverleaf. As a board member, I help when and where I can with my combination of Theatre and Computer skills. I used my previous costuming experience to work with the kids on a sewing project, and I help with our website’s infrastructure (I’m not the main talent behind our beautiful site, though, that would be Jen!). Mostly what I feel like I do the most of is sitting in absolute awe at the skills and talents of our teachers and administrative director.