Can Opener: Sue Ann Hummel, school nurse
When you have a food allergy, navigating school can often be difficult, especially in elementary school when you’re young, impressionable and already conscious of standing out.
Over the past year, I have talked to hundreds of families across the nation about their school experiences with food allergies. Many reveal positive experiences. Others, however, share stories of educational incompetence that disgust me.
So let’s lift up those who are doing it right as an example for others to follow.
My school experiences were positive in large part due to the early efforts of my elementary school nurse, Mrs. Sue Ann Hummel.
One of the first things I remember Mrs. Hummel telling me was that my allergy would not prevent me from being a successful student. She empowered me with knowledge about my allergy. And then she helped me to share that knowledge with teachers and classmates.
In short, she advocated for me until I was able to advocate for myself. And this was long before food policies were standard at our school.
So today I present my Can Opener award to Mrs. Sue Ann Hummel, my school nurse.
By ensuring I had a safe space to learn, she helped create a learning environment that allowed me to soar.
I’d love to hear about other school nurse Can Openers in your life. Email me directly or comment below.