Teachers change lives every day

Kelly Lucas and Penny Fitzpatrick

Author: Julie Brocklehurst
Teacher's name: Kelly Lucas and Penny Fitzpatrick
Teacher's school: Mary Queen Of Peace

My son, Brennen has some truly wonderful teachers, and I would like to acknowledge them here.

Shortly after his birth, Brennen was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and our lives were turned upside down. The hopes and dreams I had for my child were shattered, and I was shocked and saddened by the challenges that I knew he was going to face. Brennen is non-verbal, quadriplegic, and uses a wheelchair for mobility. He is dependent on others for all aspects of his care, but despite his many challenges, he is a happy little boy!

Brennen is now ten years old and is in Grade 4 at Mary Queen of Peace Elementary. He has two Instructional Resource Teachers – Kelly Lucas and Penny Fitzpatrick, who I can’t say enough good things about! They have become a valuable resource in his life, providing an opportunity for him to thrive outside of our home, to make new friends and to share in experiences that he wouldn’t otherwise. I can’t thank them enough for all that they do, not just for Brennen, but for our family. His well-being is my number one priority. When I drop him off at school, I leave knowing that he is loved and cared for, and that his time there, learning and growing, is significant.

Brennen has been included and involved and loved and supported from the day he first started school, and that means the world to me. We couldn’t ask for better teachers or more caring student assistants.

For parents of children with special needs, sending our children to school can be daunting, but we have to be open to the idea that school can be a wonderful thing for our kids. The socialization and interaction with their classmates and peers, and the world of experiences that will be opened up to them is invaluable.

I am so very thankful for all of the time and talent that the teachers and staff at Mary Queen of Peace have invested in my son. Brennen has been blessed with teachers who love and support him, and I will be forever grateful!

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