Hello! My name is Laraine and I have been working as a TEDDY clinician since the fall of 2010. In June I will be leaving the study to pursue a master’s degree in education. The program will prepare me to teach Special Education in Denver Public Schools. My last five years of interacting with TEDDY participants and families has led me to become a teacher. Working with the children and families has shown me that I truly have an aptitude for connecting with children and have developed a desire to teach children in a classroom setting. In this blog I want to say goodbye by giving a big shout out to our TEDDY staff and of course to our families.
The TEDDY staff has been a huge part of my life the last five years. I have grown both as an individual and as a professional because of the support of our team. I value their friendships and appreciate their support of my decision to become a teacher. I will miss them! I will miss the energy the TEDDY kids bring to the clinic, the funny things the kids say, and watching them grow up. I have learned a lot about dedication by watching the TEDDY families throughout the years. I admire families’ commitment to TEDDY and finding the causes of type 1 diabetes. My experiences have helped me to pursue new dreams thanks to the support and encouragement I’ve received here at TEDDY. Now, onward to the next step in my journey. I will be sure to bring my professionalism, dedication, and determination to help others, to a new place of work where I can explore special needs and help children reach their full potential. Thank you TEDDY for all you’ve done and for all you’ve been for me and for the research community. Farewell!