When one teacher changes your world....as I reflect on 2020 my heart is not filled with sorrow and regret.  My heart is filled with joy and utter amazement.  While we are constantly seeing teachers in general education situations honored and praised, we rarely hear about those "special teachers" who choose to teach special children, such as our son.  They choose this knowing it will take more schooling, more patience, and constant positivity in the classroom.  Positivity in 2020?  They found it!  These teachers choose a path to go above and beyond; to not only be a hero to the student, but a hero to the parents.  The very first day we visited in 2018 Mr. H. was the first teacher we met.  He smiled, encouraged, and his perseverance while J. fought back was beyond admirable.  He smiled, almost as though he knew we would get there...he was correct.  We would get there!  Mr. H. has become my hero - my hero as a mom, as a spectator.  My son's best friend.  His patience has been unbelievable and his acceptance amazing.  His adaptation to the current pandemic situation has been awe-inspiring.  As I reflect on this past year I pray that we all find a Mr. H. and know that truly extraordinary people still exist in this world.


Thank you for teaching and learning with us in the pandemic.  Thank you for teaching us students reading, math, science, social studies, and performing arts.  Distance learning was hard and a lot of work, but my teachers helped me and they never gave up.  They made it a lot of fun to meet on Google Meets.  They make sure to set reminders on my calendar so I won't forget my classes.  They do a lot of work to help me and my friends.  I'm going to miss my teachers who help us stay calm and stay positive in the pandemic.  Sincerely, CG 


Thank you for all you have done for T...  You have treated him as if he was your own child.  T... truly is blessed to have you and other  teachers at The Harbour School in his corner.  There are no words to express how grateful we are.  T... will miss you.


I just wanted to take a few minutes and share some of the kind things D.. shared today.  He thanked his Mom for finding him a new school that allowed him to make friends.  D.. stated that he is loving his new school!


Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all you do.  After years of teachers discounting J.. and making her feel inferior, she's finally found a home where she feels comfortable.  The teachers are amazing, caring individuals.  Harbour School is a special place.


You all took such good care of M.. during my darkest days, riddled with health issues - you are the best team in the world!  Thank you to all of you for your care and support of M...  It means the world to mom and me.


 Needless to say, we are extremely proud of J..!  Harbour School has done wonders for him!  The environment at the school has boosted J's self-esteem and developed him as a leader.  It is the perfect institution for him to continue to thrive and stand in his greatness.  Although he still has his struggles....we are eternally grateful that J.. is a Harbour student.


We thank everyone for the help we have received as we all work together to get L… through the next few years of becoming an adult.


C.. has made so much improvement since being here.  Harbour Magic...it is a thing.  


Thank you for the work you are doing with E….   It is exciting to see how he is growing and learning.   I really appreciate the work you do with him. I remember when you warned me that he might  be emphasizing the “th” sound at home.   You were right.  He really did.  He does work on things; and he works especially hard for people who are caring toward him, as you are.


Before D… came to Harbour we were not sure what would happen to D… after we left this earth.   Now he is working at a real job, lives in his own apartment and enjoying life.   I so knew he was ready to go out on his own, I did not cry on his moving out day.   Well maybe only just a little.


I know I haven't always been the easiest person to work with but it was out of fear.  Fear of not knowing what I could do for my child.  When we first came here we were lost and you guys came to the rescue, so thank you all for everything you've done for us.


We can't thank everyone at Harbour School enough for providing the attention and the kind of environment that L... needs to thrive.  I have been tearing up and more whenever I think about it since she has started at Harbour.  It is such a joy to see her more confident and achieve what I knew she could do all along if she wasn't so afraid.  As evident in the meeting, it is great to see her be so confident and decisive about what she wants and advocate for it.  Quite a change.


We deeply appreciate The Harbour School for shaping A.. into the person he is today.  Each and every experience has changed his life for the better, and without The Harbour School, we don't  think he would be who he is today.  We are forever grateful for his nonpublic opportunities and growth under your school system.  A.. is truly a success story!


We were honored to be part of Harbour magic this morning.  The lessons and activities were tremendous and it was great fun to be a part of it all.  We can't believe how engaged T... is in class and how much he is learning.  So very grateful!


Thank you very much for the open house and watching B.... at work in school.  I was very impressed by the lessons being taught - science included graphing, experimentation, sound waves, etc.  Math included angles, protractors, compasses, and geometry.  The lessons were well thought out and planned.  I was also impressed by the teachers' kindness and patience - being challenged to teach a group of students at such different levels.  The teachers handled all of this well and the other students showed patience and kindness toward their peers.  Thank you again for allowing us to witness the magic of Harbour.


We are so excited to see L.. grow both mentally and physically.  We feel this would not be possible without the people at The Harbour School.


You all have lifted M...'s sprits to a level I have never seen before.  With that has come a desire to learn like I have never seen before and enthusiasm to go to school every day, which in the past was something he never wanted to do.  So thank you all so much!