Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Elaine Heyler


Coral Springs Middle School
Broward County, Florida

How did you know you wanted to be a teacher?

I knew I wanted to be a teacher when I was about 10 years old. I have two younger sisters and in the summer I held school (play school) with them and several neighborhood kids. We read and drew, and did creative projects. Then I ran a Carnival for a show called Sunny Fox and raised $20.00 for physically handicapped children. My name was announced on our little black and white t.v. and I knew then, this is what I was born to do.

When I was 12, there was a severely physically disabled young man that lived 1/2 mile away. I remember meeting him and his mom and feeling such sadness for Tony, that I became his one and only friend. Several days a week after school, I walked to his house and read to him and taught him how to use his feet to hold a pencil to write words out to me. This experience became my confirmation that I was born to be a Special Education Teacher." Now 37 years later, the passion still burns in me as I enter my 38th year of teaching Special Education kids.