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    Posted September 11, 2012 by
    Chicago, Illinois
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Teachers: Why do you teach?

    Why I Teach


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     aeg914, a special education teacher on the South Side of Chicago, called CNN from the picket line at a Chicago teacher strike. She’s been striking for three days. 'Everybody is here advocating for the students. I come from a staff of teachers that love what we do; we love the kids. We’re just sticking up for them,' she said. As to why she's protesting, she says there are basic needs at the school that just aren’t being met. She works with an elementary school program for children with autism that’s part of Chicago Public Schools. Her students need special supplies, so she’s spent $4,000 to $5,000 of her own money buying adaptive scissors, Velcro, magnets and other tools, she said.
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    I teach because I love kids, and I want to be a part in something that matters. I teach in Chicago because I love a challenge. I teach in Chicago because I am passionate and I want to give my talents & my heart to a school that desperately needs good teachers. I teach in Chicago because my school experience was at one of the best school districts in America, and I know all kids deserve the same. I teach special education because if not me, who? I teach special education in Chicago because they, more than anyone, deserve a teacher who is a stable figure that loves them. I teach special education in Chicago because regardless of the working conditions, I am going to find the resources somewhere to make our classroom function. I teach special education in Chicago because parents need someone to finally say, "Your child is making progress." I teach special education in Chicago because I leave my job everyday knowing that I gave a lot, but was given more.
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