“Every moment at school is a teaching moment,” says Tammy Neeb, inclusive education specialist and instructional coach at Our Lady of Hope. “I’m there to support the teachers,” she continues. “I’m there to encourage the students to dream big, live into their ideas, to become successful inventors of the lives they deserve.”
Ms. Neeb believes deeply in creativity itself as the teacher. It’s her job—and passion—to encourage it. One of her recent inspirations is that Our Lady of Hope students “Be Like”… and then leave it up to the children to identify with Saints who lived a life they want to reflect. Some choose St. Michael, others St. Peter, a few will look to St. Joan of Arc. “I want to encourage the children to be Daring Disciples,” Ms. Neeb explains. “I want them to walk through Lent knowing Jesus, and His Disciples, also walked through these holy days. Yet I also want the students to realize it took daring to be a Disciple of our Lord.”
“I’m there to encourage the students to dream big, live into their ideas, to become successful inventors of the lives they deserve.”
At the end of their walk? Ms. Neeb’s creativity has imagined a mirror in which her student can see themselves—imagine themselves as the daring disciples they have the potential to be. The mirrors will be within picture frames. The reflections shining proudly back will be the students themselves.
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