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Sadie Guthrie, a special education teacher at Lawton Alternative School in San Francisco, uses a mobile coffee cart to teach her students real world skills and an entire school about compassion. Class Act is a new series sponsored by the California Lottery to showcase inspiring teachers making an impact in their schools and communities. Learn more about how the California Lottery contributes to public schools at http://www.calottery.com/givingback Share this with an awesome teacher you know: Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1LXEwN2 Twitter: http://bit.ly/207ouGu GET MORE FROM SOULPANCAKE: SUBSCRIBE for new videos every weekday: http://bitly.com/SoulPancakeSubscribe THE SPOONFUL, our weekly dose of good stuff from across the web: http://ow.ly/t7K7p MERCH STORE: http://bit.ly/SPMerch Buy our BOOK: http://book.soulpancake.com Follow us on FACEBOOK: http://facebook.com/soulpancake TWEET us at: http://twitter.com/soulpancake Visit our WEBSITE: http://soulpancake.com -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- How do students react when high school boys are treated like women in Congress?? CLICK HERE to find out! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Km0tiHY94sQ -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-
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TheForteFox (1 month ago)
My high school did this exact thing! It was really great for the students not just because of learning social and job skills, but also because both students and teachers could buy coffee so the special education students got to know all the other teachers as well as neurotypical students that weren't always in their general classroom settings. It also got me thinking about being as special education teacher 😀
Ajmal Waheed (2 months ago)
U r doing very very good for special children... i saluit u..
Ajmal Waheed (2 months ago)
Amazing work....
I admire the Teacher.😊 She makes her students feel they belong like any other child or student. Looking forward for more improvement both in Social, mental, interpersonal and intrapersonal skills.😍
Chelsea Darnell (3 months ago)
Super inspiring, but the best part of this video is Noah. He cracks me up.
Kyron Bennett (3 months ago)
Miss Sadie looks beautiful.
Abigail Bozzuto (3 months ago)
This is the point in my life that I chose SE as my major :)
Alligator81 (4 months ago)
I’m a paraeducator and one of the classes that I work in does a coffee cart. Two years after I started as a para I actually had something from the coffee cart. OMG! The lemon bars were simply divine, and a little hot chocolate goes a long way on those cold winter mornings in my neck of the woods. Making food for the coffee cart is so valuable because it’s something they can do that makes them feel like a part of the school! (And some teachers have come to us in the halls to buy some *real* coffee before we make it anywhere near their classes, and they are very grateful for it!)
Tiffany Claire (4 months ago)
Wow! How amazing Sadie- You enlightened me and touched my heart. I felt there infectious personalities 3>
Pink Bloom (4 months ago)
We need more special ed teachers like you 😍
timmy 900 (4 months ago)
Rachel the sax Player (4 months ago)
I am 13 and I have a HUGE passion for working with special needs. Considering on being an occupational therapist one day. I work at my churches special needs program with the 17 and under age division.
Angell White (4 months ago)
Thay are so cute when the kid and the teacher walk together❤
David Hunt (5 months ago)
We introduced a coffee cart program for the kids in my spec ed class in Orangeville Ontario. Sadie is absolutely right. It was briliant for them and a strong message to the school about integration and ability. We used it as a way to open doors to understanding what these kids are capable of, and that lead to all sorts of cooperative projects: films, art shows, concerts, etc.
Shadya Brown-Hall (5 months ago)
Oh wow! I can totally relate to this video. I was in special ed classes for most of my life. All the test and evaluation meetings and the extra time while taking test. The list goes on and on. I was bullied in middle school and high school but as I got older the bullying slowly subsided. While in high school I was diagnosed learning disabled and always feeling like I had to explain myself and always trying to find a way to make my mark on the world. Now I'm in my early 30's and I'm grateful for the teachers I had. We learned alot of life skills and skills to not only get a job but keep one. I'm working my job as a deli clerk. I've been with the company for 4 years now.
*Lol I'm a Special Ed student and I have no Mental Disabilities and nothing wrong with me. The only reason why I'm in Special Ed. It's because I'm not social. I'm very Asocial (Not Anti-social, Big difference). I'm not comfortable talking to random people in real life but I am Comfortable texting online. Lol I would have just search on youtube and type "How to be social" and stuff, I would left the special Ed Class by now*
Walter Garcia (7 months ago)
The intro kid I like him he's funny
A (8 months ago)
You just made the special in the special ed teacher, a lot more special. Thank you.
Monofonik Music (9 months ago)
This is awesome! It empowers your students to become hard working despite their disability.
Raquel Malone (9 months ago)
So beautiful, to acknowledge the skills possessed and build the child from there♥️
Cee Mystic (10 months ago)
I literally cried
Phyllis Montoroula (10 months ago)
I went to special ED I been same job 29 years all those kids are very smart
Abigail Murphy (11 months ago)
I helped Special ED students everyday at my school and helped them work and get them from buses and cars and watch them and help and I love it and it’s so inspiring and I want to be a Special ED teacher and work with these unique kids and help the community with them
jjsrt8 (11 months ago)
I'm glad there's people like Sadie in this world. <3
Amber Rische Nicholas (11 months ago)
Love this! Beautiful
WAN LI (11 months ago)
I went to this school They are all so nice
Morgan Thuemmler (1 year ago)
Ever since I was 8, I've wanted to be a special ed. teacher. It seems like such an amazing job. I think I would really love the job, it seems like such an amazing thing to have such a close relationship with these kids.
Chloe Leifer (1 year ago)
I am a special education teacher and I am going to ask my principal if I can implement this program! Thank you Sadie for this fabulous idea.
Barry Manilow (1 year ago)
Elli why (1 year ago)
my school has our own coffee cart !
Missy Fontana (1 year ago)
Thank you for this video. As a special ed student i love the fact you are going above and beyond to give your students life and work skills and fostering acceptance.
Clar (1 year ago)
tiny dancer (1 year ago)
My sister has low-functioning autism and I have a tremendous amount of respect for special ed teachers. It takes a very kind and wonderful person to pursue a career that requires so much patience. Every kid with special needs simply needs people to believe in them and Sadie is one of those amazing teachers who's out there doing that. Thank you!!
lakhan911 (1 year ago)
the lunch ladies at my school have a coffee cart!
Michael Mckenna (1 year ago)
This video is spectacular thanks for sharing! I have my sister who has the inability to speak and my sister also has autism and my sister just graduated last year from high school for special needs! Beautiful video I can completely relate! Thanks for sharing thank you very much💗😇🎆😊
Michael Mckenna (1 year ago)
Chlaith (1 year ago)
This makes me warm and fuzzy
I wanna be a special ed teacher but i can't remember what i did in school yesterday ;-;
Rebecca Fly (1 year ago)
What a fantastic way to teach social skills and life skills along with letting the school see these kids are capable.
CocoaAndTea (1 year ago)
Coffee :P jk I've always wanted to be a special education teacher for years, sadly my physical disabilities are worsening again :/
sneaksnbeats (1 year ago)
You're awesome Sadie!! and so are your happy students!
Jess S (1 year ago)
I am happy to hear that after watching this video that many people have been encouraged and are possibly thinking or are working towards their degree in special education. However, I want to remind people that this is a very tough job, and you don't get to pick and choose your special needs students. There are some difficult times. I am a mother of a severely autistic boy. Throughout his academic career, we have experienced an array of special educators. Many of whom had special education degrees that emphasized in autism. Even with all their education and degrees, many lacked what it took to become a great special education teacher. My son has severe behavior problems and at times can be difficult to manage. It takes someone with great patience, and love to be able to work with people with special needs. I don't want to discourage anyone, but I also want to be realistic. You don't get to pick and choose who becomes you student, and it won't always be pleasant. It may seem thankless at times, but if you're strong enough, you will see through all the difficult times and know that it is all worth it.
JoAndra Van Dowall (1 year ago)
Finally a positive influential video about the learning disabled. Thank you so much for making this!
life dark (1 year ago)
for those of you on special-education get out now before it's too late I was in special-education for 10 years I did no school or anything nothing my teachers were so racist to me teachers are only making money they treat the white kids respect but us Colors kids get treated very bad I also cannot stand how these teachers are saying that they care about the students of disable this is a lie they don't care they only care about the money once you join special ed you don't get a diploma you get an IEP Depalma back into thousand 15 I decided to reply to college they didn't except me because I didn't have a regular diploma I was so mad at the school and so mad at myself and I cannot find a job social workers are not doing nothing to help me in my opinion special ed is nothing but a A jail system if you want special that you have no future thank you for reading my comments
Sharlie Cullen (1 year ago)
This lady is such an inspiration, lovely, Thankyou , xx
Jane Fry (1 year ago)
Sadie, I am a special ed. teacher near SF, and am familiar with your school. Great innovative idea and awesome teaching! I am inspired to try something similar with my students to teach them real world math skills!
Gourmet22 (1 year ago)
awesome job.
Andrew Burton-Fullick (1 year ago)
The first thing every kid with a disabilty ( of any sort ) is a human being not a disability. They can achieve things it dose not matter how big as long as they are allowed to own the achievement.
McKellar (1 year ago)
I do fully understand that there are students who are either cognitively &/or physically challenged which is why a program like this would possibly be best suited for them, but respectfully,....when these students graduate from elementary schools & high schools within the same program, don't you think they are getting less education within that program? If you think about this, the kind of education which they may need within today's world,..the kind of education which is advanced beyond basic, don't you think those students would need that kind of education? After all, they do have that right. I do fully understand with your education degree, you are qualified to think on your own as to develop some kind of learning style, so you can successfully teach those kids the education they need & hope they do fully understand it. Teaching those kinds the basic kind of education is fine to a degree, but the basic education will only cover you of the very minimum of what you need to know to hold down a typical job & I'm sure that's it. The advanced type of education is also what the students do need & they have the right to learn about it. There are plenty of teachers who would say something along the lines of,"You can't learn this because it's too hard for you". My first thoughts on that is,"Well how would you know? You're a teacher, not a cognitive psychologist. Just because I have a learning disability, that doesn't mean my ability to learn is disabled & I can't learn new education at all. Yes I'm a slow learner,...but that doesn't mean I can't learn at all. How about you teach me this, and I'll show you that I can learn & understand this. I may even surprise you".
Missy Fontana (1 year ago)
McKellar the people in this program are actually receiving a superior education. In a "normal" class students are forced to learn verbatim whats in their textbooks. In miss Sadies coffee cart program these students are being taught skills they can use throughout their life.
falt007 (1 year ago)
Erza Scarlet (1 year ago)
I am in speacail ed classes too! ( only for Reading, Writing, And Math) And im going into 8th grade!!
Erza Scarlet (1 year ago)
I am in speacail ed classes too! ( only for Reading, Writing, And Math) And im going into 8th grade!!
Taylor Nelson (1 year ago)
this is what im going to school for and im sitting at my computer crying bc i am so excited to be able to do what you are doing!
x1y1 (1 year ago)
"I think it's money"
Youtubergirl (1 year ago)
Great video !
The Real Delphox 616 (1 year ago)
By seeing the thumbnail, I thought this was a Collagehumor video!
rabiha sabir (1 year ago)
28 people who disliked this video have no life and are heartless. i am really interested in this fulfilling profession. However, I hear a lot of bullshit stories that it is hard and many teachers leave the profession in a couple of years. I just cant think of anything else to do! This video inspires me.
adam jacobson (6 months ago)
rabiha sabir hey the truth is neither a heartless nor having a life situation sped teachers hurt these students with a smile they do not care anything for them but only about how much they get paid
may san (1 year ago)
Hey me school!
Kelly Hailey (2 years ago)
Thank You for the awesome real life idea that I'm excited to put to use when I start this fall in Teaching Special Education!! #CoffeeCart
GuitarGrrrilla (2 years ago)
Teachers can do so much good. They're very underrated.
Lydia Marida (2 years ago)
i cry like a baby. i have an aunt who has down syndrome and she is as happy as a seven year old, always talking that she has a new purse and a new comb. we say people like my aunt are disabled--yes we're right, they are disabled from doing evil things, they are incapable of doing evil things and speak hurtful words. truly, we are the true disable people.
Lydia Marida (1 year ago)
rabiha sabir (1 year ago)
Lydia Marida u are avsolutely right! special people are much better humans than regular people
0neMem0ry (2 years ago)
It's noah!
Ov3RKill33 \ (2 years ago)
no joke I have a special ed friend I feel bad for him
Brian Warner (2 years ago)
I was in special education for 1 year. When I realized "What education!?" It was pointless in there to try and catch up. I then decided to get a paper route to pay for the tutor and realized the class was for mentally retarded children. I was in need of special education as in a leg up not lied to and locked in a rubber room. Consequently I finally learned to read in 3rd grade better than any teacher I had.
Brian Warner (2 years ago)
It's sad how all special education teachers I have ever seen look as if they belong in the class as a student.
Jennifer Love (2 years ago)
Loved this! This was great!
Rachael Tilger (2 years ago)
I hate special ed
David Mathew (2 years ago)
Rachael Tilger and people hate you :) g'day
Jessie Fox (2 years ago)
I don't think that special ed should exist. It's just horrible, it doesn't help anybody and it wastes the taxpayer's money. Only regular ed should exist. The general public thinks that special ed kids don't count.
Corinne Michiels (2 years ago)
Amazing young woman ! I admire you... you' re a fantastic person. 😘
Lukas Buck (2 years ago)
Best part is at 0:26!! ;)
Susan Greenwald (2 years ago)
This is an awesome idea! :) (Great learning for the students, teachers and the community). And let's face it, teachers <3 coffee! (Need coffee).
koloa ko (2 years ago)
I go to lawton
James Panza (2 years ago)
Special Educators rock. I was in Special Education and I now have a B. A. In Hotel Management and that is thanks to the Special Educators in my elementary and high school.
Please can you provide more information on how you were able to read Hotel Management. Seriously considering exit routes for my students who also have special needs. Thank you.
Menzies Coline (2 years ago)
James Panza Hoping to be a special educator in future :)) What a great story you have, thanks for sharing! 😊
dark galaxies (2 years ago)
I'm in a special class because I'm autistic and because when I was younger before I started elementary school I had really BAD behavioral problems and I wouldn't really listen to the teachers I would just run all over the place and it's very hard for them to get my attention.
Ashley Nave (2 years ago)
I was in special education for Borderline/Mild General Learning Disability (Also know as borderline/mild mental retardation as a child. I actually refer to using GLD in the place of intellectual disability or mental retardation because it is least offensive, inappropriate, or unsuitable for my circumstances.Mental retardation is a outdated, offensive, unacceptable labeling reference to certain people. In the past it was used in negative manner which lead some to believe the reference to be offence as well as inaccurate. MR is a unfavourable labeling and teachers need to respect that some people disapprove of the old terms once used.). I take Ritalin and Zoloft to treat my bipolar depression, PTSD, social anxiety, including ADD/ADHD. People would dare not to use MR as the labeling or elae: It might spell curiosity that killed the cat for using offensive terms. With all respects use the updated term.
Charlotte Lorraine (2 years ago)
I have special educution. I asked my mom why am I in small classes all the time and she said I have learnning disability. I just wanted to share about myself!!!
Charlotte Lorraine (1 year ago)
+G. .g oh thank you!!
Sanity (1 year ago)
Mariela Roldan (2 years ago)
This video made my day. I have a brother with special needs and I have learned a lot from him and many other special kids. This is so inspiring. Wonderful job. I admire this teacher. All my love to her and this fantastic kids
luisfermar04 (2 years ago)
I'm a normal person and why am I at a stupid special Ed class I need to be with a regular class.
Kathleen Henry (2 years ago)
I love this! My class has a cafe!
Morgan Purbrick (2 years ago)
If any one laughed at this they are jerks
adam jacobson (6 months ago)
Morgan Purbrick its what americans would do they have no morals
Paul Gonzalez (2 years ago)
This is a cool thing
Susan Sorrells (2 years ago)
Dear Sadie, What an inspiration you are to your own community and the global community as well! Your coffee cart idea is so innovative and truly gives evidence of how expectation is everything! Please post more videos!
Ct wing (2 years ago)
I had the pleasure of meeting Sadie this past summer. She mentioned she was a special education teacher, but I had no idea the amazing and inspiring work she was doing. This is a wonderful series, Soul Pancake!
adam jacobson (6 months ago)
Ct wing so you think sped teachers care about their students healing and controlling are two different definitions you know
randomer the hammer (2 years ago)
i was once put in special ed class cause the computer got mixed up but the special ed kids were kinda creative and nice i was friends with one he was autistic lets call him jake now this kid was the most friendly kid i met but one day he was getting bullied saying "whats 2 plus 2" cause he had trouble in mathamatics and when i was going to help he stood up get this and straight out roasted the kid saying you only bully me cause im smaller and (stutters and) im not intelligent really he said intelligent cause i was reading his problems autistic idk what the other thing was and couldn't pronounce intelligent or other words but when he finished roasting him (he gets personal so i cant say anything else)he just runs back to class i remebered his sentence cause im not going lie in middle school i was smaller and kinda dumb but i kept saying "life is unfair to nice people but things get better for them"but im getting off topic pretty cool video i kinda cried
Lori Darner (2 years ago)
This video is fantastic!  We host a special needs connection group and have an adopted daughter with multiple special needs.  I have a dream of doing something along this line for our community to help the special needs families learn skills and feel accepted just as they are!   You are such an inspiration!
Sarabjeet Ghotra (2 years ago)
school is doing really excellent job .All schools should take this example .
Marianne Laney (2 years ago)
thank you. sharing this video in my intro course exam for teachers! SO LOVELY! THANK YOU!
Martin Rosario (2 years ago)
people buly kids in my school and its not right so i help them come down and do the right thing
Ashley Nave (2 years ago)
buly: is spelled bully! buly is incorrect. Bully is the correct way.
penelopitsa97 (2 years ago)
Ms Sadie,you are an amazing role model.I am from Greece,have just finished my high school exams and want to become a special education teacher.I think it is one of the most rewarding professions.This summer I will be attending a volunteer program helping special needs children.This video means so much to me so thank you for sharing.Again thank you for all that you do!!!!
Michael Rennick (2 years ago)
I give her the Teacher of the YEAR award....This is one AWESOME lady.
Jei Car (2 years ago)
This is great! I cried a little. I hope to be a sped teacher.
Alfonso Montano (2 years ago)
Im special too i love all special people there good people and i love god :)
Jennifer Bauer (2 years ago)
Ms. Sadie Guthrie, I, too am a special educator. We have more than just that in common. You see, while attending a workshop on Mod/Severe disabilities a teacher told me of his coffee business. I thought, what a great way to get all kids involved in job skills and in experiencing education with other students and staff. We started after the first of the year (Feb) and sell our coffee to teachers and staff at our school. The kids were hesitant to start, but they sure make great baristas now. I like the way you have your list of jobs to do and give them examples of how to do their jobs. I have students with M/S disabilities and they all enjoy Monday's and Friday's when they can serve coffee. I like the way you serve food too and how you get it! We live in a rather rural town in Northern CA and we have just started taking public transit to get from place to place. Thank you for posting your story online! I needed your story and a special thank you to Susan Frediani who shared your video with me.
Heiki Ka (2 years ago)
love You!! i'm an inclusive pedagogue too and this video is SO encouraging, making me remember my idealism and believe in "humans are just humans", there is no "those humans and these humans"
Be More (2 years ago)
Wow! Beautiful beautiful beautiful. It's amazing how little things can transform our lives. Thank you Ms. Guthrie, and thank you Soul Pancake for sharing this story.
Meriane Dawn (2 years ago)
i am a BS Psychology student and i plan to be a special ed teacher. we have majoring in Special Ed which is coooool
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Nasty Music ID:2020 (2 years ago)
Sped class is dumb, they can't go to college. It's just for the teachers to baby sit the kids.
Oh Yeah Yeah 2.0 (2 years ago)
Im 65 and im lernong ABCs...
David Mathew (2 years ago)
Mii 2.0 Oh wait this is a troll
Oh Yeah Yeah 2.0 (2 years ago)
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David Mathew (2 years ago)
Mii 2.0 You're a senior..
Jonah Pililaau (3 years ago)
does special ed mean special edition? that's my mom says to me
SoldierUSArmy (3 years ago)
all special education and labeling of any child must be outlawed by federal and worldwide law as a hate crime as it will label a child for life and cause massive unemployment!!!!
SoldierUSArmy (1 year ago)
There is totally no fun in segregation as it only scars and stigmatize the child-victim for life. It makes as much moral sense and even less than public schools for white children only in the southeastern US in 1950's and i believe in it so strongly that I will die believing it!!!!
Mark Lippert (2 years ago)
it is part of class and kids learn skills and have fun

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