Brian Dorkowski

brian dorkowski

Brian Dorkowski

I am very fortunate to work with Coach Dorkowski at Weightman Middle School. I am a participatory autistic teacher and Coach Dorkowski is our adaptive PE coach. He is AMAZING!!! He works with our students to move them towards enjoying a healthy lifestyle while also respecting the limitations of their exceptionalities. Some of our students are physically aggressive and he is able to work with them and motivate them while modeling and reinforcing positive behaviors. I have witnessed his impact on one of my students over the course of the year. He has given him alternatives to hitting and we have seen a huge reduction in his aggression. He donated a stationary bike to the classroom so that the student would have a physical outlet when he needed it as apposed to hitting. He is outstanding when working with ALL the students at the school. He has taken it upon himself to be a mentor for a student with autism that is in our mainstream program. He meets with him throughout the day and meets him at the end of the day to ensure he gets on the right bus. When the student is having difficulties he helps him evaluate positive choices and supports him when he's having difficulty adjusting. He does all of this on his own time. He cares about our students and is a great role model for our youth and for other teachers.

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