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Advocating SUCCESS for

Columbus Special Education Teacher Overcomes Obstacles, Works Collaboratively To Serve All Students Amanda Gronewold

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very child can learn, regard-

“I got my first pair of hearing aids

less of the challenges they

when I was in the fourth grade,” she

face.

said, “and it was just something that I

This philosophy guides Kristin

Johnson, a special education teacher

learned to adapt to.” Adapting as a teacher means Johnson positions herself so she

who knows firsthand about powering

can read the speaker’s lips. She also

colleagues and administration have

through difficult circumstances in the

reminds people to speak more loudly

been understanding.

classroom. The inclusion teacher at

as needed. The face masks neces-

“I've done it so many times my

sary during the COVID-19 pandemic

entire life that I don't even think [of

hindered lipreading, making com-

it as] compensating or accommodat-

Columbus Municipal School District’s Sale Elementary School (SES) has

munication in the classroom even

ing myself. It just becomes natural

dealt with chronic hearing loss since

more challenging. Johnson said it

for me,” she said. “[During mandatory

childhood.

has been a struggle, but her students,

mask-wearing phases last academic

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Summer 2021

Summer 2021 School Focus  

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