Occupational therapists helped Madelyn Hubbs master some of the tasks of daily living—such as tying her shoes—that can be more challenging for someone who is limb different. But Madelyn says they taught her so much more
“They taught me that no matter your disability you can achieve whatever you want,” she says.
RICHMOND HEIGHTS — At this school, students aren’t just encouraged to smell the flowers, they can eat them too.
All students at Maplewood-Richmond Heights Elementary School take a one-hour garden class every week, just like art and music.
On Wednesday, third graders were studying the five senses as they relate to the change of seasons. They heard the cicadas buzzing. They felt the dead leaves crunch under their feet. They touched the roaming chickens. They watched the bees and butterflies. And they tasted cherry tomatoes, herbs and edible flowers from the garden.
Faith Mina wanted to be a teacher since she was a child, however, school was not easy for her. Nor was her path to becoming a special education teacher with a focus on autism at Hodgen Tech Academy. She studied art education immediately following high school and later switched to dental hygiene school, but becoming a teacher was never far from her mind. After she enrolled as an education student at Webster University, things began to fall into place.
ST. LOUIS • On one school day last month, more than 30 Hamilton Elementary students sat cross-legged on the gym floor, laughing at an episode of the ’90s television show “Recess” that was being projected on the wall.
They were watching TV because they had no gym or art teachers that day, said substitute teacher Janet Burns, who was supervising them. Those teachers were absent.