Shattering Stereotypes, Argentine Woman Becomes First Nursery Teacher With Down’s Syndrome

The Logical Indian

October 27th, 2016

Argentine Down’s Syndrome Woman

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Argentine Down’s Syndrome Woman

Defying all the impediments and prejudice, an Argentine woman has become a first nursery teacher with Down Syndrome. She has shattered stereotypes to achieve her dreams.


Noelia Garella (C), a kindergarten teacher born with Down Syndrome, reads a book to children at the Jeromito kindergarten in Cordoba, Argentina on September 29, 2016. When Noelia Garella was a child, a nursery school rejected her as a "monster." Now 31, she is in a class of her own. In the face of prejudice, she is the first person with Down syndrome to work as a kindergarten teacher in Argentina -- and one of few in the world. / AFP PHOTO / DIEGO LIMADIEGO LIMA/AFP/Getty Images


When Noelia Garella was a kid, a nursery teacher rejected her as a “monster”. But now at the age of 31, she is in a class of her own. She has proved that a person with down syndrome can handle a group of kids.

Noelia has been working in public education since 2012.  She works at Jeromito Kindergarten in Cordoba Argentina. Her students adore her. She reads them stories, and kids adorably sit down to listen to her narrations.

“I adore this, and ever since I was little, I have always wanted to be a teacher, because I like children so much,” she told AFP, as reported by Independent. She further said that she want kids to read and listen because in society people have to listen to one another.

“Now I am a happy monster. She is the one who is a sad monster,” she smiles and says.


Argentine Down’s Syndrome Woman


Parents and students have welcomed Garella with open arms. Her school authority supports her immensely. As per them, they see no reason that Garella cannot teach early-learning reading classes.

She was so determined that it inspired her colleagues to hire her at the pre-school in the northern city of Cordoba.

“We very quickly realised that she had a strong vocation. She gave what the children in the nursery classes most appreciate, which is love,” said Alejandra Senestrari, the former director of the school, as reported by Independent.

Noelia has proved that disability is no hindrance to being a great teacher.


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Down syndrome is a chromosomal condition that is associated with intellectual disability, a characteristic facial appearance, and weak muscle tone (hypotonia) in infancy. All affected individuals experience cognitive delays, but the intellectual disability is usually mild to moderate.


 



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