Ann Floyd, District 153 special education teacher. She has been a teacher for 38 years.
For the first 23 years I worked for District 194 in Steger. The first 17 years were as a K-6 art teacher. The last six were as a seventh and eighth grade special education teacher. I worked in every school in District 194. In 2000, I came to Homewood District 153 and have worked at Millennium as a fifth and sixth grade special education teacher and as a Response to Intervention teacher for the same grades.
I have met so many wonderful people that I have worked with through the years. I remember the times when I supported teachers and they supported me. I have had many great experiences at Millennium.
Several years I was able to go to White Pines State Park, where students can participate in an outdoor education trip. It was fun to see the kids enjoy things without their electronics. I got to see the students in a different way. I also had a student teacher. My boys loved him, and I had a lot of boys that year. He could relate to them in a way that I couldn’t.
It was great to pass down things I knew to the next generation. I also co-taught with our principal, Dave McAtee, when he was a teacher. He used humor in such a great way to motivate students, and it was so much fun to be a part of that.
I have always loved it when I make a big difference in a student’s life. I also love the creative side of teaching where I get to plan and create materials for a lesson.
I plan to babysit for my new grandson. I will also be traveling to California and Africa. I will work on my art more seriously and join the Union Street Gallery in Chicago Heights. Eventually, I will sell my house and buy a townhouse in the area.