Special education teacher retires after many years of service


Natasha Dardashti staff writer

After spending over half of his life teaching, special education teacher Bryan Herbold is planning on taking his leave as of next year.

Herbold knew early in life that teaching was his calling. Because his father was a disabled war veteran, Herbold became interested in helping disabled children at a young age. In particular, his passions lie in helping students access information and develop helpful real-life skills.

“[That] led me to try to understand why he was not like other fathers,” Herbold said. “I wanted to learn as much as I could about the process of learning and how to make students lives easier by helping them to navigate difficult situations. I realized that teaching students how to access information and develop skills was the best way to help young people handle the challenges and stressors of life.”

For Herbold, the secret to success is a positive mindset in the classroom. When entering the classroom every day, he makes sure to start with a happy greeting to the day.

“Every day, I start class by saying, ‘Welcome to another beautiful day in paradise!’” Herbold said. “I truly believe that by starting on a positive note every student can succeed.”

Out of all of the rewarding aspects of being a teacher, Herbold’s favorite part is seeing kids become inspired.

“I love when students realize how bright they really are,” Herbold said. “I love when they become inspired to follow their dreams knowing that they have the skills to reach their goals.”

Outside of the classroom, Herbold is an avid musician. His favorite genres to sing are country and oldies. Usually, he likes to perform for charity events, but Herbold still manages to incorporate his passion for music in his teaching style.

“[I] incorporated karaoke in the classroom to help students get over any fear of presenting information in public,” Herbold said.

After he retires, Herbold hopes to see STEM and multimedia incorporated into lesson plans. During his time teaching, Herbold made sure to try to incorporate as much multimedia into his curriculum as he could, and he hopes to see a continuation of that legacy.

“I hope that teachers will be able to incorporate STEM into all aspects of the curriculum to allow students the ability to see the pragmatic application and connectivity of all subjects, Herbold said. “And I hope that students will continue to strive for excellence and teachers will be able reduce their disciplinary role and foster student independence, creativity and academic achievement.”

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