HIGHLAND | Southridge Elementary School students got a taste of what it is like every day for people with disabilities when the school's cadet teachers hosted a Disabilities Fair this spring.
The cadet teachers prepared and presented the event with the help of their Education Professions class teacher Brenda Richardson and Northwest Indiana Special Education teachers Michele Mach and Andrew Jurczak.
Cadet teachers Candice Smith, Rachel Spiekhout, Bailey Toth, Kari Martindell, Angela Puentes and Lucy Rogel set up stations where students in kindergarten through grade 3 were put into situations that gave them a feel of what it meams to have a visual impairment, physical disability, learning disability or fine motor problem. Students learned about people’s differences and to appreciate the unique gifts inside people of all abilities.
"It was an event that connected the high school cadet teachers and the elementary students, and it connected general education with special education," Mach said.
Cadet teachers enrolled in the Education Professions class at Highland High School are considering a career in education. In addition to the daily teaching experience, the cadets do volunteer work and are a helpful resource for students and teachers.