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RISING READERS: A Special Education Career

Teacher inspires hundreds with learning disabilities to know "they can do hard things."


After struggling with her own reading disability as a child, Mrs. Barton was inspired to pursue a career in special education. When she was in the 5th grade, after struggling for years to learn to read, Sherrie was diagnosed with dyslexia and a reading disability.

Sherrie’s mother and 5th grade teacher had her to help another struggling student who was visually impaired. She gained confidence and not only learned to read but helped her fellow student as well. It was an experience that changed her life.

At that point I knew I wanted to be a special education teacher.

Pursuing a Career in Special Education

Sherrie became a special education teacher as a result of her early childhood experience. Now, she works with children who need help with reading, writing, math, and behavior.

I’ve been able to help other kids realize that you CAN do hard things…and that’s why I’m here.

At Ephraim Middle School, a Title 1 school in Utah, Mrs. Barton has helped hundreds of students overcome some of the difficulties that come with low-income areas to be able to address academics. She has helped many students rise to the occasion and overcome reading and learning challenges.

I believe all students CAN learn. I believe all students CAN be successful.

Without the encouragement and help of teachers like Mrs. Barton, there are thousands of kids who would not graduate from high school each year. Her motto is: Go over, under, around and through, but never give up!

We love how Sherrie Barton Shares the Good in her everyday life.

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