Teaching Inclusion: Caitlin Macon

Caitlin Macon says it’s one thing to talk about being inclusive; it’s another to actually BE inclusive. Her training is in special education, and at Frazer, she loves being able to put her education to use while also being a general teacher in her classroom.

All students in her class benefit from inclusion. “We want them to be compassionate adults, and you can’t expect a child to do that without exposure,” she says. Caitlin appreciates the opportunities “to talk about things like what makes us different, about empathy and how their friends might feel. At this age, they learn by doing.” Students with cognitive or developmental delays are naturally inspired by the example of their peers. “It challenges them to do things more independently because everyone is doing it.” And those who are neuro-typically developing are eager to help their friends who might be struggling with a particular task. Yet Caitlin has to be ready to redirect that help if it seems to be disempowering the child being helped.

Before moving to Georgia, Caitlin was teaching in a one-room schoolhouse in New Hampshire. When a friend moved to Atlanta, Caitlin jumped at the chance to live in a bigger city.  She appreciates the growing opportunities at Frazer, not just for her students but for herself as well. Teaching strategies are individually personalized, so she is constantly learning new ways to reach each student. “Our inclusion consultant has been very helpful,” says Caitlin. “I feel very supported here at Frazer.”

One thing that everyone learns at Frazer is that differences are a part of everyday life. Inclusion matters, and so do amazing teachers like Caitlin.