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BETH TAYLOR (special education teacher)

One of the last things I think about is James’s diagnosis of Fragile X. What defines James is his honesty and vibrancy. He challenged people’s expectations of what a student with special needs could actually give by reinventing himself in high school. Ultimately, he walked and got his diploma. Many people didn’t think it was going to happen. In my head, it was always going to happen: he was going to walk and get that diploma. And he did.