Thanks and farewell to Summit County teachers |

Thanks and farewell to Summit County teachers

Caren Humpherys, Grady Ritchea, McKenna Ritchea, Malley Ritchea

As I prepare to move my children down to Denver, I have thought back on what a wonderful community my children have grown up in thus far and I wanted to make a public “Thank you” to all of the wonderful people that have made a positive and lasting impact on my children.

First I want to thank the entire staff of Little Red Schoolhouse. Jill, Mandi, Morgan, Aisha, Michelle, Mary Jane, Gretchen, Caroline, and every other teacher I didn’t name by name, for the incredible love they have given to my daughter.

I feel so lucky that she had an opportunity to be in a place to learn and more importantly, Little Red nurtured my sensitive and sweet girl and gave her an incredible start to her educational future.

The sincere love that the entire staff has for every child has been so impressive and I feel so fortunate that my daughter got to experience preschool in such a great place.

Next I wanted to thank Kerry Buhler, Ellie Coakley, Jennifer Pennette, and the staff of Upper Blue Elementary. Upper Blue has such an inclusive and loving environment, my son soared educationally and emotionally under the guidance and support of the entire staff.

Kerry has created a true team that tries to meet every students needs, special and otherwise, and I can not thank her and all of my son’s teachers enough for embracing him for the great guy he is.

I am forever grateful for their love and support of him.

For any parent of a child with Sensory Processing Disorder in Summit County, there is one woman who is a true supporter and advocate of SPD, and lastly, I would like to publicly thank her, Judy Notaro OT.

Judy has come to numerous school meetings, taught classes, helped to educate parents and teachers alike, and I can never find the words to describe what a blessing she has been to my children and myself.

She is a wealth of understanding, empathy (sad but true, even the parents cry to her) and guidance for children with SPD, parents of SPD kids and their typical siblings.

Judy has been a life saver, sanity saver, and helped me see life through the eyes of children with SPD.

Judy is an inspiration to me as a parent, caregiver of special needs children, and as a person.

Every child and parent who is lucky enough to come in contact with any of these people or schools should be truly thankful, for the Summit County community has many wonderful people who love our children and who are making a lasting positive impact on our childrens’ lives.

I want to send a heartfelt and sincere thank you to everyone involved in helping my children grow, I can never thank you enough!

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