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Jeannine Proctor
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KIPP Memphis Collegiate Schools
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classroom educator
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When my autistic child had been kicked out of three schools, the administration of the third school told me very bluntly that he needed one-on-one instruction that they could not provide.  The gave me two options: a school 45m away & $20k a year or homeschool.  Then they scooted me out the door.  My child was a few weeks into the second grade when he came home to me not able to read a lick...a child who had been read to every day even in the womb.  
After I began homeschooling him I quickly realized the problem was that no one had been teaching him in the way he needed to learn.  As soon as I fully integrated his content, de-compartmentalizing the information and immersed him in relevant learning experiences, he began to learn with enthusiasm, determination, and independently.  
Recognizing that this is simply the way we all learn, from infancy through adulthood, I wondered why we ever moved to the lecture format of education.  I made the decision to go back to school to help other kiddos like my son (and families like us) who were falling through the cracks in the system, Kiddos who just aren’t being taught in the best way for them to learn.  All children can learn and deserve the opportunity to reach their goals and dreams.  STEM/STEAM learning creates a toolbox of skills they can draw on for a lifetime to accomplish this!