Stories from the Field
Edited By David J. Connor and Beth A. Ferri
18. Recovering the Spirit
DAVID I. HERNÁNDEZ-SACA
This is a story of self-healing. My first-grade special education teacher, Ms. Hong,1 was a very strict person. To this day, I can recall her following me as I walked around my self-contained classroom. In retrospect, I was just being me. Just being inside my body, just being a happy child. However, when I would go into her self-contained classroom, I always felt a sense of being watched and surveilled. As a young boy, I loved being in my imagination, but when I was around Ms. Hong, she always pulled me away from what I was doing, demanding my undivided attention. One day when I was just being myself and looking through my fingers, making the shape of a diamond with my index-fingers and thumbs, and Ms. Hong rushed toward me, grabbing my arms, and began to mock me: “What are you doing? Kids don’t do this! You look so dumb, looking through your fingers like this. Stop doing that! Focus!”
Another time that Ms. Hong mistreated me was when she took several pieces of paper that I had just thrown into the wastebasket. She looked at me and said, “This is how you throw away paper?” Ms. Hong picked up the piece of paper from the wastebasket and held it on the edges with both hands and twisted it. Afterward, Ms. Hong placed the paper close to my face and said, “This is how you throw away paper! So, you...
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