Hey y’all! My name is Jasmine Habeeb and I am absolutely fired up to help students grow and prosper. Especially the ones in need of the most academic or behavioral support. I thought I’d share a little background so you all can get to know me better as a person.
I was born and raised in the great state of Texas, and basically have spent my entire life here. So, why exactly did I choose to deviate from the norm and start an unconventional education service?
My first experience with people with disabilities was my junior year of high school on a church retreat. An early 20s man with down syndrome, we’ll call him Nathan, was hanging out at the ping pong tables by himself. Nervous to approach, I asked my youth minister if I could go play with him and he encouraged me to. We instantly hit it off and developed a bond. This man was fun, witty, and competitive that he ended up changing my life!
From that moment, I decided I would pursue a degree in special education when I went to college.
I ended up graduating from The University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in both special education and government (Hook ‘Em!). From there I went to the classroom to help build a brighter future for children like Nathan.
I chose teaching because I love watching people explore topics they never considered and ideas they might have never discovered had I not been a part of their lives. With this innate zest to teach others, I felt compelled to answer my call to support parents/guardians and children as they venture through the world of education.
However, while I loved the work I was doing in the classroom, I ended up finding myself limited by school districts to the recommendations and services I could provide to families with special needs. These restrictions on providing my students the support they needed was incredibly frustrating and left me feeling discouraged.
Outside of the classroom, I had the opportunity to work with families in different school districts, in their home, and on an individual level. By acting as a private tutor and personal advocate for these families, we were able to secure services they may not have otherwise received had they tried on their own or if I had spoken at their school as a district employee.
I became even more committed to supporting and advocating for local families with children who are having difficulties in the subjects of Math, Reading, and Writing and/or have disabilities (both learning and physical), without any bureaucratic limitations. I ended up loving this new way of educating so much that I chose to leave the classroom to pursue private tutoring and education consulting full-time. The level of impact I am making on students (academically and socially) by working with them on an individual level is much greater than the level of impact I was making as a full-time teacher.
Let me explain further; of the four years I spent in the classroom, I spent the last two of them private tutoring outside the classroom in my spare time. In those two years, I witnessed the students I worked with in-home excel at a rate of two to three times faster than my students in the classroom. Of course, like any other teacher, I began to panic and question my ability to teach. However, I soon realized that providing students with individualized academic or behavioral support simply has a greater impact.
I chose to specialize in homeschool families, although much of my work is with students in the public education system, because I feel these families are often overlooked and tossed aside by the greater education system. Since working with social, academic, and behavioral challenges is my specialty, I wanted to bring those teaching techniques to parents who may not have received explicit training in the field of education.
My goal in life and for SpEd Grow Pro is to act as the leading resource and support for homeschool and local families who are seeking guidance on the best course of action for their child. Although an in-depth assessment and strategy is included with one-on-one lessons, SpEd Grow Pro offers private consultations to give parents step-by-step strategies to help their children on their own.
Whether you are looking for guidance and help with one or two particular challenges or need a full-on intervention, I work to help you and your child make the most of their formative years and uplift them as much as possible. Please feel free to contact me if you or someone you know has a child that is struggling academically or behaviorally, and I will do my best to serve them!
Jasmine Habeeb is a certified special education teacher who graduated from The University of Texas - Austin with a degree in special education. She enjoys sharing her opinions, recommendations, and current events on all things education.