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A special education teacher says TEA help comes too late
BEAUMONT-By: Leslie Rangel
The education commissioner will visit BISD tomorrow to evaluate the school board and get one step closer in making a decision about whether to order a district takeover or not.
Some educators hope the TEA does step in to unify the district.
A former West Brook teacher says for her, change won't come soon enough.
It's the middle of a Wednesday afternoon and expressions on canvas is not what was typically scheduled for Amanda Reamy, a special education teacher.
"I wanted to, I wanted to, but I couldn't get my job done in a system that wasn't operating," Reamy says.
She calls BISD a broken school district and blames it for a lack of support in the classroom.
"I had nothing, the classroom was bare, nothing, old books, no calculators for the students, no workbooks, these were kids that were in desperate need of help," Reamy says.
Reamy explains what it's like to be a teacher in a district with so many problems.
"It's almost like being in battle with no shield, no armor and you're out there by yourself and you feel like there's no support," Reamy said.
She says many teachers feel the same way, but are scared to speak up.
"They have no room to breathe in, trying to do what's right but can't because they're following a system that's not right," Reamy said.
A system the state says is broken.
A recommendation to remove the board.
A chance for the district to paint a new image of trust.
"They feel like there's people standing there behind them and you're not out there fighting a battle by yourself," Reamy said.
A battle she says others like her are tired of fighting alone.
"I see people that are hopeful now that TEA is coming in and helping us," Reamy says.
For Reamy, help came too late.
"No one asked me to resign, no, but I was happy to do it," Reamy said.
The teacher says she will dedicate her time to starting a non profit to help families with special education needs.