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Karanja the Great!
Karanja the Great!

I now believe that people come into your life for a reason. I can honestly say that I never believed that until my senior year in high school. For my senior year, I decided that I wanted to intern for a teacher at my school. I have always known that I wanted to become a teacher, but I had no idea what subject I wanted to teach. Last minute, I chose to intern for the special education department at my school. For my internship, I got the chance to teach special education students and get to know them personally. During that course of time, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to get to know a student who goes by the name of Karanja and has Down syndrome. He was known around the school as a goofball that everyone loved and accepted. My first impression of Karanja was during my freshman year when I passed him in the hallway during my first week of school and he waved to me and said “hey!” The first day of my internship, he ran up to me and gave me a huge hug! He said, “I know you!” I felt an immediate connection with him and he made my days more special whenever I saw him. Every time I got the opportunity to take over the class and teach, Karanja always made the lessons fun and interesting! He would always make funny faces and do whatever he could to make sure all eyes were on him. Karanja has always believed he is John Cena and sports his own championship wrestling belt to prove it. My high school had him “compete” in a wrestling match at our school where he won and I’ve never seen him so happy before. He paraded around the gym like the ham that he is! For the last day of my internship, I bought Karanja a John Cena action figure and he instantly fell in love with it. Karanja has such an amazing personality and lights up any room he is in. He was definitely the spirit and soul of my high school for the time he attended. Although I haven’t seen him for almost a year now, he will always have a place in my heart as the person who encouraged me to attend college for special education. I now know that Karanja entered my life for a reason. Karanja revealed what field of teaching I wanted to jump into! Karanja taught me just as much, if not more, than what I taught him. He taught me to always be silly and appreciate everything I have in life. I plan to have my own classroom someday and hope to teach students that are just as fun and memorable as he is! And for that, I have eternal thanks and love for him. Love you buddy!




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Shicona Dobson, United States, VA
3/11/2013 6:45:26 PM
Kyle you are truly an inspiration to us all along with Karaja, I have the pleasure to know Karanja and his mother and they are a blessing to me and my special needs son Kai. I pray to you continue in your teaching journey and gad bless you!!!

Joyce Byris, United States, MD
2/14/2013 7:55:01 PM
Kyle I just loved your story about my son (Karanja) and he loved the seeing his name in print, and the picture of the two of you togather, you will make a great teacher in the field of Special Education. Great job well done.

Lisa Lindenberger, United States, MD
2/9/2013 9:47:34 AM
I love you and I am so proud of the adult that you have become! You light up so many people's lives...as we can see in Karanja's smile in this picture. Excellent essay!

ColleenSchultz, United States, MD
2/9/2013 9:19:04 AM
LOVE this essay! Two special people who make 1 special story!

Susan Lacy, United States, MD
2/7/2013 9:38:03 PM
Great story! Kyle - I too worked with special students like Karanja when I was a senior in high school. They inspired me to become a special education teacher and I have loved every minute of it. Great career choice! Best of luck!

Sandra Burdette, United States, MD
2/7/2013 9:30:24 PM
Fabulous story!! We need more men like you in our line of work!! Our guys need the love, acceptance and chance of a decent male role model! Good for you and best of luck in your career choice!!

Jennifer Reed, United States, MD
2/6/2013 8:14:22 PM
Kyle is such an amazing kid and student, and I know he would be a fantastic special educator!

Carol Sanger, United States, MD
2/6/2013 5:35:20 PM
So proud you want to be a special education teacher. What a wonderful gift Karanja gave you. Good luck.

Mitch Cannon, United States, MD
2/6/2013 3:58:58 PM
Wow, what a Great Story!

Lauren Slater , United States, MD
2/6/2013 1:46:29 PM
Awesome story Kyle!

aunt sue, United States, PA
2/6/2013 1:02:49 PM
great story proud of u

Lucretia Anthony, United States, MD
2/6/2013 12:58:00 PM
This was a very touching story. Karanja attended the school I work in, so I am very familiar with his warm and playful personality.

Tracey Clay, United States, MD
2/6/2013 12:38:10 PM
I loved this story

Tomi Fabri, United States, MD
2/6/2013 11:26:49 AM
This is a wonderful and true story about great buddies.

Devone Comegys, United States, MD
2/6/2013 10:55:07 AM
Excellent article Kyle! Two great guys!

Michele Hustead, United States, MD
2/6/2013 10:54:54 AM
I am glad to see a young man excited about teaching! Karanja always brought a smile to my face.

Betsie Baer, United States, MD
2/6/2013 10:40:55 AM
A great duo

Carmel Smith, United States, MD
2/6/2013 10:27:36 AM
Great story Kyle. Karanja touched a lot of lives while attending Queen Anne's. I miss him every day. He is a great inspiration, as you well know. Good Luck to you!

Stephanie Zeiler, United States, MD
2/6/2013 10:21:17 AM
Both wonderful young men!!

Robin Leager, United States, MD
2/6/2013 8:01:24 AM
Awesome!!

Kelly Larrimore, United States, MD
2/5/2013 11:36:12 PM
You go Kyle! I fell in love with this story! You are truely such an amazing person. Good luck in your teaching career bud! <3

A Jean Cardwell, United States, MD
2/5/2013 10:12:15 PM
I know both the writer and the student portrayed in this essay and I am proud to know both of them.

Dawn Kelly, United States, MD
2/5/2013 8:28:43 PM
Very touching story. I am very proud of your Kyle.

karey anne coppage, United States, MD
2/5/2013 8:12:39 PM
I am so proud! I had the pleasure of teaching both if these fine boys. Good job Kyle

Karen Brandt-Burke, United States, MD
2/5/2013 7:52:29 PM
Great story and completely from the heart, which is so important. I believe the same Kyle, every single person that crosses your path, will for a reason. Good luck! ♥

Jesse Downey, United States, MD
2/5/2013 6:19:52 PM
Great job Kyle!

Abbie Gent, United States, MD
2/5/2013 5:57:10 PM
Great Story! A Wonderful Guy I was also blessed to know him :)

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