By VICTORIA CHUNG and MIA DELMONICO
Photos by ANTHONY HERNANDEZ and TATUM MAPES
Redlands East Valley High School is a community with a plethora of layers, each one contributing to the vast environment that the school provides for its students.
In J-38, REV takes on a new teacher: Erin Herbert. A moderate-to-severe special needs teacher, Herbert has a genuine care for the wellbeing of her students that is more than obvious. She has taken on a new role and actively invests time and effort to integrate her students into the school community and assists in creating a healthy and happy environment for everyone.
“There’s also so many misconceptions with the students and I believe that is the hardest part,” says Herbert, “I look at my job as not just serving these kids, but serving the entire community at REV. I want to be here for questions. I want to be here for anyone who is looking or wondering about a disability, or saw something strange, or funny, or sweet and just wants to know if that’s normal and how to approach a kid.”
“I can talk forever about these kids.” She continues, “When you meet these kids, I know that you’re going to fall in love. Anyone that I introduce them had such an impression from my kids and now they created friendships and connections with the kids on campus. They feel included and like a community member. That’s just so important, your life needs to have all those aspects or you’re not going to be happy and complete person.”
Herbert has a goal she wants to accomplish on the foreign grounds of Redlands East Valley: to make her students feel like they are a part of the community. According to many, she has largely succeeded. Students David and Albert play an integral component of the main office. Michelle loves art and takes art with the general-education students and Assad is a passionate runner whose goal is to be in the Olympics.
The kids of J-38 help make REV a Wildcat family. J-38 has an open classroom during Fun-Friday lunch. Join them for lunch and learn about more about the Wildcats, the REV way.