GLENDALE — Fourteen-year-old Jonathan Sanchez said he returned to his alma mater Thursday to say goodbye to a program and a teacher who helped him communicate.
He was part of a special education day class at Toll Middle School, a self-contained program that, because of minimal enrollment, is being collapsed into Wilson and Rosemont middle schools.
"We had a lot of fun here," he said. "I learned about animals, I learned how to talk about animals."
Jonathan, now a freshman in the general education group at Hoover High, joined Toll teachers, students, office staff and parents Wednesday as they celebrated and bid farewell to special education instructor Steve Field and the students with moderate to severe special needs he led for 16 years.
Field is to be transferred to Columbus Elementary School.
"Steve was a Toll institution and worked miracles with these kids," said Julie Hoppe, a fellow special education teacher. "He did as much for the general education population as he did for students in his class."