2019 Educators Who Make a Difference: Cayce McManis
Cayce McManis has a real connection to her special education students at Crosswell Elementary School in Easley.
“I have always struggled in school,” she said. “When I went to college, I knew I wanted to be a teacher. I changed my path to special education because I knew I could empathize. I knew what it was like to struggle and maybe not understand some things. I have a master’s degree, and I tell them that. I tell them they might have to work a little harder, but they can do it.”
McManis said students in her class have a wide range of needs.
“Every day is a new day,” she said. “One of my favorite things to do is to model for them. We do a lot of role playing and talking about social skills. I believe they are going to be able to function and be part of the outside world without limitations.”
McManis has been teaching since 2004 and is in her third year in Pickens County. She said her success in the classroom is a group effort.
“I have 12 students, and I also have a wonderful, wonderful team,” she said. “I could not do this without them. I have three wonderful assistants. It takes a village. We do a ton of individual plans. I get here at 6:30 and I don’t leave until 5. I’m married and I don’t have kids, but when people ask me how many kids I have, I say 12. It’s a lot of hard work, but I am passionate about it. It’s worth it to see those learning moments when they get it.”