Chic Spotlight: Teacher, Volunteer, Inspiration — Melissa Giese PDF Print E-mail
Written by Linda Palacios   
Sunday, 30 May 2010 11:24

Chic Spotlight: Teacher, Inspiration — Melissa Giese
This local lady has a knack for patience and a heart for compassion. Learn how she's helping build children's futures from the Queen City all the way to the Dominican Republic.

Cincy Chic: How did you decide that special education was your calling?


Special education teacher Melissa Giese: After working at a day camp with teens with special needs, I really found that I have a passion for working with individuals with exceptionalities. I just love what I do, and it makes me feel like I'm making a difference in somebody else's life. And they make a difference in mine.


Cincy Chic: What are some of the challenges a special education teacher faces that Cincy Chic readers might not realize?


Giese: Paperwork, paperwork, paperwork! But seriously, being able to work with such a diverse group of students with a full range of special needs because there's always something going on. Being able to multitask is key to the profession so that you can help one student with whatever task that needs to be completed as you help another maintain school-appropriate behavior.


Cincy Chic: You don't exactly take a break during the summer, as for the past nine years you have worked for the Cincinnati Recreation Commission Division of Therapeutic Recreation. Tell Cincy Chic readers a little more about this experience.


Giese: Cincinnati Recreation Commission Division of Therapeutic Recreation is a day camp experience for individuals with special needs. Every day we do varying activities from swimming to arts and crafts and take various field trips throughout the summer. The campers' zest for life reminds me every day why I do what I do and makes me love my profession even more.


Cincy Chic: This is for our Heroes issue, so what positive impact do you see that teachers, especially special education teachers like yourself, make on the world?


Giese: While doctors and nurses help save lives, teachers help nurture students' minds so that they actually can create their own lives. All the while, teachers serve as role models for students so that they grow up to be positive members of society.


Cincy Chic: When you aren't in the classroom or at camp, what do you like to do for fun?


Giese: Spending time with friends and family, going down and volunteering in an orphanage in the Dominican Republic, scrapbooking, watching movies and working on projects around my house.


Cincy Chic: What do you love most about Cincinnati?


Giese: That there are so many opportunities for people to get involved and there are so many things to do. I love all of the entertainment options like the theme parks, places to go shopping and wonderful places to hang out with your friends.




Photo coutesy of Melissa Giese

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