New Teacher Interview: Mrs. Dubois: by Laura Nguyen

Mrs. Dubois is one of Memorial’s newest special education teachers.

What did you want to be growing up? 

  • “Oddly, when I was a kid, all I wanted was a 9-5 office job!”

Why did you take this job? 

  • “After having my own kids and getting my first master’s degree, I found that most issues in life can be solved via teaching so I began studying education. My sister has a genetic disorder called William’s Syndrome, so working with special needs kiddos is a passion for me!”

How is the job going so far?

  • “So far, I’m loving my time teaching at Memorial. I’m learning a lot very quickly!”

Did you ever imagine yourself doing this job?

  • “I always pictured myself working in an elementary school … but I find working at the high school level is a new challenge and something I’m coming to love.”

Did you think you knew what to expect? 

  • “I did not know what to expect at all when offered this position. I researched the backgrounds of the kids that I work with and spoke to past teachers, but I think walking into a new job is always going to bring some unexpected situations. As long as you’re prepared, that can be part of the fun though!”

Has your job taught you anything special on a personal level?

  • “Having grown up with a special needs sister, I always knew that no matter how severe the disability, every human wants the same thing: to feel like they are part of something special, to have some fun, and to be loved. This job has only reinforced that.”

What do you enjoy most about being a special ed teacher?

  • “I enjoy looking my students in the eyes and smiling at them because I know it means the world to them to see that happy face! When we do something silly like play with balloons or blow bubbles, the pure joy that I see in them is priceless.”

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