#YCIntroduces SPED - A Mini Series
Updated: May 7, 2019
(Above has only about HALF the staff on-board with our SPED programs)
SPED, which includes Accenture, The Enrichment program, and SLC (Social Learning Center) serves a diverse student population from 5th grade up to age 21. Each of these students has an Individual Education Plan or IEP. The main goal of all of the individual programs are to allow students to explore their strengths, weaknesses and personal interests in order to move as independently as possible toward a meaningful adult life. We will be building up separate links to explain in detail each of these programs and what they do for the community by next year.
Today, a part of the #ycintroduces mini-series, we interviewed one of the teachers of SPED, specifically the SLC program, Brad Post:
What drew you to this position? Working with students who exhibit challenging behaviors has always been a passion of mine. I have always been successful in building relationships and getting the most difficult students to buy in to his or her education.
It’s safe to say that not anyone can do your job. A person needs to have a passion for what you do, a love, a heart – please elaborate on that and help me understand how important/fulfilling this job is. My job requires a lot of patience and understanding. The students I work with are all from different situations and have different emotional and behavioral needs.
What is the hardest thing you have had to go through in this career? Prior to moving to Oregon from Chicago in 2008, I lost a special person that I coached. His name was Javaun McDonald and he will forever impact my attitude when working with youths. His smile was infectious and his accidental death rallied our community and created several scholarship awards for the youth in my community. Mrs. McDonald, Javaun's Mother, is still a dear friend of mine and she celebrates her son in the local schools each year.
Anything else you feel the public should know? Working at YC this year has been a blast. I am looking forward to making my program bigger and better.