It takes an exceptional teacher to continually engage, and provide empathy and guidance while delivering – year in and out – quality instruction for their students. Special education teachers hold those values and so much more. Meet Mrs. Ginder!
She has been a special education teacher in our district for over 25 years and continues to share her experiences and gratitude with students at RCS.
Learn how she approaches the ability to connect with her students and view her role in providing them with the support and care they need to learn each school year.
Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am just finishing up my 25th year as a special education teacher here at RCS. I spent the first 24 years of my career in the Middle School, and this is my first year in the High School. My husband, John, and I have two boys, Matthew, a sixth-grader at RCS Middle School, and Andrew, a sophomore at Tech Valley High School. We spend our free time swimming, hiking, and visiting historical sites.
Why did you decide to become a teacher? Why did you want to become a Special Education teacher?
I knew I wanted to be a teacher at a very young age. I always enjoyed assisting young students with their school work. When I coached swimming and taught swimming lessons as a teenager, I started out working with the youngest groups. I was told I had a great deal of patience while working with children with special needs during swim lessons, and I even ended up babysitting for some of them. Those children and families encouraged me to work with students with learning differences and inspired me to attend The College of Saint Rose for Special Education and Reading.
How do you keep students engaged and having fun while learning?
I like to use a variety of teaching strategies to keep my students engaged. I always emphasize to my students that it is important to always try their best and it is okay to make mistakes, as they create good learning experiences.
What advice do you have for RCS students?
Get involved in our school community! We have so many opportunities here at RCS through many different avenues, whether it is the arts, clubs, or athletics. Make the most of your school experience!
What’s your favorite memory of teaching at RCS?
Over the years, there have been many memories that I will carry with me forever. The most memorable ones involve students reaching their goals after a long struggle. Running into former students in the community and hearing their success stories always puts a smile on my face!