Being a great teacher isn’t always about having tons of experience. Sometimes, it’s all about what’s in your heart. Special ed teacher Shelby Winder just started her first year of teaching at Grand Oaks High School in Texas. And already she’s spearheaded a project that has the potential to help countless students.
“Meet my friend Shelby,” Chris’ post began. “This is her first year teaching Life Skills (which includes students with significant cognitive impairment in conjunction with adaptive disabilities) at a high school just outside Houston.”
Chris explained that Shelby came up with a brilliant idea to empower her students: a traveling coffee cart. The cart allows Shelby’s students to walk through the school, take orders from staff, then deliver the orders each Friday. Shelby calls the coffee cart business The Grizzly Bean.
By running The Grizzly Bean, students practice “social skills, communication, working through their shyness, and even learning how to run a simple business.”
Amazingly, Shelby funded the project out of her very own pocket.
“It’s obviously a great teaching tool and one that will give them skills and lessons to carry far beyond this school year,” Chris explained.
And if Shelby meets her goal, The Grizzly Bean’s impact won’t stop at her own students.