Growing up with a learning disability hasn't always been easy. But I think learning to understand my disability and ways I can overcome obstacles has taught me a lot. Early on, my mom taught me that it is ok to ask for help, no matter how silly the question might sound. And I've learned when and how to ask for help. If I were in math class and I didn't get something a teacher was saying, I'd feel ok to stop her and ask specific questions not only about what she was doing to solve the problem, but why. Because without the why, I could never really figure out how to solve math problems.
Growing up with a learning disability has also made me a better teacher. I understand the obstacles. I also know that all children can learn. So as a teacher, I always try to take into account not only what I want to teach, but also how kids learn best while helping them to ask for what they need.
I've also learned about the power of families. From the beginning, my mom has been there for me. Sure, she recognized my difficulties, but she never let me use them as a crutch. She made sure that I got the support I needed. And by focusing on what I could do, she helped me to feel comfortable with who I am and how I learn—and to see the talents that I do have.