Anne Gaddy has dyslexia and is a special education teacher at Webber Elementary School in Eastover, South Carolina. She was in special education herself until middle school, and learned to love reading and writing.
Anne Gaddy has only taught special education for two years at Webber Elementary in Eastover.
In that short amount of time, two of her special education students have made enough progress to go to regular classes.
She has a mother's patience and a father's tough love.
"I'm here to teach them the skills so they can function in a regular class," says Gaddy.
So, Gaddy is an encouraging guru keeping track of eagles when her students soar high.
"It's amazing to see the growth and know that I contributed," she adds.
Now, progress alone would make any teacher proud, but it means more to Anne when she thinks about the milestone she's overcome in 15 years.
"I was in Richland One in special education. I had a learning disability called dyslexia which means when I looked at a page, it was all jumbled up and other students called me stupid because they didn't understand my disability," adds Gaddy.
Gaddy only did well in math, so she struggled for years until she found listening tools that unscrambled her words.
"Once I got to middle school, I was no longer in special education and I graduated from Dreher High School in advanced English classes," says Gaddy.
Not stopping there, Anne later earned a Bachelor's in Psychology plus a Masters in Special Education.
"I know how they feel and I know how difficult it is for them. I love being able to come to school and help kids where I was," says Gaddy.
Though most teachers say 'you can be anything you want to be,' Anne Gaddy a is living witness.
"Just cause they can't do what you can doesn't mean they're different; they're just special because there are things about you that other people don't have and that makes you special," she adds.