Meet Sharaz, Fellow since 2004.

As a special education teacher, one quickly begins developing strong bonds with all his students. My experience as a paraprofessional gave me the benefit of learning about the classroom as an observer; I learned and experienced things that could never be explained in books. Because of that experience, I never once wavered about becoming a special education teacher.

I had known about the NYC Teaching Fellows program for a long time and always wanted to apply; however, I needed to complete my bachelor’s degree first. While working toward my bachelor’s degree, I worked for two years as a paraprofessional in New York City public schools. I became a Fellow in June 2004, and since I began teaching in my own classroom, I have gone to school every day excited to teach and communicate with my children. Some jobs fill your pocket, but this job fills your heart.