High School Teacher Keeps A Positive Attitude

Posted: 04/14/2011 by gemme2011 in News, Profiles

Tamara Douglas says she has “always loved helping other people.” Maybe that’s why she’s so good at what she does. Mrs. Douglass works at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School with Special Education students.
She didn’t always intend on being a teacher, but after starting a career with her Business Administration major from the University of Maine-Orono, she realized she enjoyed teaching and began volunteering in classrooms when her children entered school. Soon after she earned her teaching certificate and began substituting.
Growing up in the same small town as Mrs. Douglas, I have had the pleasure of getting to know what a friendly and helpful woman she truly is. She is never found without a smile on her face and never passes by without a “hello”.
What makes Mrs. Douglas different than every other friendly woman is she doesn’t let her disease, Alopecia Areata, affect her attitude. Alopecia Areata is an auto-immune disease when the body rejects hair follicles, meaning she has no hair.
There are three types of Alopecia which are; Alopecia Areata, Alopecia Areata Totails and Alopecia Areata Universalis. This disease affects 4.7 million people in the United States alone.
Mrs. Douglas was diagnosed at a young age, having the disease come and go as she has aged. Although there is yet to be a cure for Alopecia Areata, she maintains her upbeat outlook and tries not to let it get in the way of her day.
Having struggles with Alopecia for so long, Mrs. Douglas has learned a lot. The most important thing she says is “Be accepting of other people and they will be accepting of you.”
For more information about Alopecia Areata you can contact the National Alopecia Areata Foundation or visit http://www.naaf.org.

  1. Jaclyn Dufresne says:

    I feel so bad for Mrs. Douglas that she has that disease. There is a lot of people that have that. I hope she will get better, and I never saw anybody with that disease before at any school.

  2. Tayla says:

    I really feel bad for Mrs.D I hope she gets better

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