Hi Everyone, I am a recently credentialed special education teacher. I first got a single subject English credential. I have struggled with spelling, pronunciation, distinguishing left from right, and general word blindness throughout my life. I still have a lot of difficulty understanding basic phonics, but I am able to read and understand fine. When I was in elementary school my teacher recommended I should be tested because I was completely lost with phonics, spelled the same word 3-5 different ways in a paper, and did not understand directions. My parents refused testing and I struggled for years trying to hide my issues. I remember my mom letting me skip Mondays in elementary school so I would not have to face the embarrassment of failing my pre-spelling test. I would always get 100% the real spelling test because I would spend hours memorizing the words, but then I would forget them the next week. I got into a top state university and I did fine other than one experience with a TA that thought my spelling showed laziness and then when I explained things referred me to be tested. I minored German in college and did okay, with a lot of effort on my part, and I still do not feel comfortable speaking it. I enjoy challenging myself. I was offered a test during my senior year and I did not take the opportunity because I was so close to graduating anyways. So long story short my own struggles have lead me into the special education field and I know it is a good fit. I have a lot of empathy for my students and I know I think differently. I know how hard it is when you try your best and it is just average compared to others. Is it okay to discuss this with my potential employer as a motivation for why I choose this or should I keep it to myself?