Amazing Story Of Teacher Born With Down Syndrome

A teacher in Columbia, South Carolina, is breaking all the stereotypes about people with down syndrome. (As well as all the stereotypes about teachers.)

Born With Down Syndrome

Twenty-two-year-old Bryann Burgess is an assistant teacher at Kindermusik school in Columbia. She is also a young woman who was born with a bigger obstacle than most of us will ever face: down syndrome.

As WLTX in Columbia put it,

One local assistant teacher is living proof that with motivation and a positive attitude there is nothing that can’t be accomplished.

There’s a teacher in Columbia, who brings more to her students than every day lessons, she brings a very important, life long one.

“I always tried hard, and I always did my best,” said Bryann Burgess.

She Takes Inspiration From Her Condition

For most people, this would be a huge burden, but for Burgess her condition has become an inspiration.

According to WLTX, the young woman wants to be a full time teacher, and is getting hands on experience teaching music alongside the school’s director.

“I’ve always wanted to express myself in music,” said Bryann, “that’s what I’ve learned in Kindermusik, is just to express myself and enjoy learning.”

“I always tried hard, and I always did my best. No matter what happens, I just keep on going and dust myself off.”

With A Positive Attitude, Anything Is Possible

Wow! Plenty of teachers and students could learn some lessons from this brave young woman.

Kudos to Bryann Burgess!

Photo Credit: tinekeD via Creative Commons


Myron Scott
Myron Scott7 years ago

One of the best teachers I know has ADHD.

I love working with Down Syndrome kids. They are usually wonderfully nice, sociable and far
brighter than some among us might imagine.

Lara Kinast
Lara Kinast7 years ago

So awesome!

colleen p.
colleen p8 years ago

can she teach well though? of course "normal healthy" teachers come in "incompetent" flavors.

but that aside. can she teach music to the degree that it works?

Merelen Knitter
Merelen Knitter8 years ago

It's wonderful that she's getting the opportunities to show just how much she can do. With her passion and determination, she will be a great teacher!

Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle8 years ago

Only 94% said "yes"? A jaded lot, voting here. I thought this was one, where it would be 100%. An amazing young woman. I'm so proud of her. You can see by her speech, that she is educated, and enthusiastic, and has a big heart.

Ian Donelson
Ian Donelson8 years ago

Great article.

Resta C.
Resta C8 years ago

God bless this teacher!

Lika S.
Lika P8 years ago

WOOT - WOOT! Go get 'em girl!

Lisa H.
Lisa Nevares8 years ago

You Go Girl! Kudos not only to Ms. Burgess but also to her family for inspiring, encouraging, and supporting her in her desire to teach. Also, the school district who hired Ms. Burgess is also to be commended for giving her the chance to prove herself as a valuable asset to the teaching community. What an inspiration to everyone who has extra-ordinary physical, emotional and/or social obstacles to overcome in pursuit of personal and collective success. Thank you, Ms. Burgess!!!

Elizabeth M.
Elizabeth M8 years ago

Such an inspiration you are Bryann!