In a culture where many people look the other way when passing another person on the street, it’s comforting to see children setting the example adults ought to be following.
A kindergarten teacher from north Texas knows how to instill values in her students. When you watch the viral video she posted, you’ll see why.
Ashley Taylor has been a teacher for 18 years, and it’s clear she loves every minute of her time with her “littles” at Keene Elementary School.
Post after post on her Facebook page reveals her heart for her students. From multicultural-colored markers to the best mashed potato recipe ever, Taylor appears to be the kindergarten teacher parents only dream of.
According to Taylor’s article for Love What Matters, one student, in particular, needed some extra boosts of encouragement to help him shine the way he was meant to.
“Asher has a disease called Neurofibromatosis,” she wrote. “It is a disease that affects the brain. When school started, he had very limited speech. The few words that he did use were not clear.”
Mayo Clinic says that “Neurofibromatosis is a genetic disorder that causes tumors to form on nerve tissue … (and) can develop anywhere in your nervous system.”
Because of this condition, it might seem as if little Asher would not be able to act as a class “greeter,” a ritual Taylor says she starts at the beginning of each school year.
“We start this ritual early in the year,” Taylor told People magazine. “It starts out with myself being the greeter and then as they start feeling comfortable they take over.”
“Every child is spoken to by name, given a firm handshake and welcomed into our room with a smile and sometimes a hug.”
When the time came for Asher to stand and welcome his fellow students one morning, Taylor quickly grabbed her camera and hit record.
“When I see the direction the world is heading, it reminds me that what I am doing WILL make a difference!” the teacher wrote on Facebook.
Watch as this little guy greets each friend, following the example Taylor set. His confidence and kindness will melt your heart.
“When school started, (Asher) was non-verbal. He had no fine motor skills,” Taylor told People magazine. “As our class bonded with each other, Asher began to feel more and more comfortable.”
Wow! What a way to invest in your students, Mrs. Taylor! We’re proud of Asher for how far he has come and grateful for teachers like you who take time to make a difference.
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