Admittedly, author Brant Vickers almost didn’t make it as a special education teacher, yet the humbling experience of becoming an educator to children with special needs ultimately gave his life meaning and purpose beyond anything he could have ever imagined. In "Chucky’s in Tucson," Vickers offers an inside look into a special education classroom, spotlighting the individuals who dedicate themselves to educating special needs children.
“I want to shine a light on this aspect of the American public school system, as many people have no idea how much time, money and resources are employed in special education classrooms,“ Vickers says. Vickers also hopes other teachers, parents of special needs children, and those looking to start a career in special education can draw inspiration and support from his experiences. Furthermore, Vickers aims to highlight the challenges of connecting with his students. Earning his students' trust was critical and he often employed music as a way to develop a rapport. “Playing the guitar helped me to bond with my students,” he says.
Vickers is beyond grateful for the opportunity he had to work in special education. “Despite being the least likely person to find this career path, I found myself doing exactly what I was meant to do,” he says. “Few of us are that lucky.”
Vickers served for 22 years in the military before he found his calling as a special education teacher. He taught special education students for eighteen years and recently retired from teaching at the Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind. He is the author of several young adult novels, including "Dewey: The Silent Boy." He currently resides in Arizona with his wife Cheryl.