Morales, Educator for Special Education
waste too much money.”
think you have a tough classroom? Think about the students Esteban
Morales works with - teens from correctional facilities, kids coping
with recovery from sexual abuse, children suffering from mood disorders,
substance abuse or ADHD. Morales is the director of the school at
Psychiatric Institute of Washington, which provides treatment to
children (and adults) needing psychiatric care.
Morales has worked in Special Education
for all of his professional life and comes from a family tradition
of teaching. "I don‘t know if I decided [to be a teacher],
or if I was picked," he said. He has five uncles who were teachers
before him. This educator began his career in Chile, migrating to
the US in 1995. He arrived knowing no English, but by spending eight
hours daily for eight months in ESL classes, quickly became fully
In comparing American schools to schools
in South America, he said "What surprised me sometimes was
the lack of resources or the waste of resources. In South America,
many teachers must pay from their pockets due to a lack of resources.
Here in America, what surprised me sometimes was the waste of resources.
We waste too much money."
His observation of the other major
problem in American schools is one all teachers can relate to -
"Too much paperwork."