Empowering students with language-based learning differences
Taela Bland (they/them), paraeducator, is a graduate of Sewanee: The University of the South, where they received a B.A. in Fine Arts. They completed a Theater major, Dance and Education double minor, and Creative Writing Certificate. They have always had a passion for enriching the rising generation. Through that, they discovered their passion for teaching. At the age of 19, Taela applied to be a teaching fellow with Breakthrough Atlanta, a Breakthrough Collaborative that has partnered with AmeriCorps. As a middle school, grade 8 primarily, math educator and AmeriCorps member, they were given the opportunity to explore what it truly takes to be a teacher and have aspired to continue making a difference through education.
Why I Teach At Siena: As someone with autism and dyslexia, I love being able to work with scholars and provide them support as someone who understands them firsthand.