Parents of autistic child thank local school officials

Jun. 05, 2013 @ 11:59 PM


My son, Jacob, has autism. I start a letter to the editor with that same sentence every few years when he transitions out of a school. In the past it was Trula Lawson, then Sevierville Primary and now my little boy is taking a huge step from Sevierville Intermediate School to start his adventures in Middle School.

As usual, Jacob has accomplished so much more than was expected of him. If he had lived up to his original diagnosis, Jacob might still be nonverbal. His teachers and fellow students know that is not the case.

It is through the ongoing help and sacrifice of so many people that Jacob continues to achieve. For them, I am eternally grateful. I never remember to thank everyone that has been involved so forgive me if I leave anyone off and know that my poor memory doesn’t overshadow my appreciation for your hard work.

So, to Ms. Miniard, who made Jacob’s introduction to intermediate school such a pleasure; to Mr. Cox, who demanded and received Jacob’s best; to Ms. Mosely and Mr. Allen who continuously worked to make Jacob excel and prepared him so well for the upcoming transition; to Ms. Victoria, Ms. Chasity Jennifer Jeffers, Traci Bush, Christi Deason and all of the remaining devoted staff providing special services to Jacob in speech, mathematics, and so much more Thank you.

And, of course, the biggest thank you of all goes to Ms. Emily Soto who has shared the last year and a half with Jacob, keeping him on task and helping him to continue to grow. We are very grateful for your hard work.

Michael Collins

Shauna Collins