Guerdie Glass
Guerdie Glass

Employer: Westerville (OH) City Schools

Title: Director of Special Education

What is the most rewarding aspect of your work?

The most rewarding aspect of my work is the time I share visiting with teachers and students across the district. Though it can often be difficult to schedule building/classroom visits during the school year, I make an intentional effort to continuously make time for this I am rewarded by getting to know the staff and students on a personal level. More importantly, this also allows for them to really see me, and that I truly care about individuals. I aspire for them to know that I will provide guidance as necessary, but will also walk alongside them at times when they feel alone on the journey. Another rewarding aspect of my work is joining families and instructional staff in problem-solving and collaborating. I appreciate and value the contributions our staff and families make toward the success of our shared students. In addition to allowing them to feel heard, I want them to know that I sincerely care and I am invested in the outcomes of our conversations. Lastly, I am also very lucky to be in a role that allows me to open doors for others, through identifying and utilizing unique resources to support staff and students as well as by collaborating with community members.

What is the greatest benefit of being a NAPSA member?

I believe the greatest benefit of being a NAPSA member is the sense of community I feel. I appreciate the connection and networking with my colleagues. The information we are able to share with each other, as well as the resources, ideas, and inspiration, is invaluable.