Get to Know SPED Student Elliott Roubicek!
Updated: May 10
Hi! My name is Elliott Roubicek, and I am studying Special Education with an emphasis in Severe Disabilities. I am passionate about helping people who have disabilities reach their full potential and do more than what others expect of them.
I am from Calgary Alberta, Canada and I love it there! Some of my favorite things to do are skateboard, ski, run, mountain bike, and hike. My all time favorite thing to do is windsurf and wing foil. When I'm not having fun or doing homework, I run an all girls skateboarding club where girls can feel confident and supported as they learn to skateboard.
I have three siblings who are my best friends. My parents had a huge emphasis on doing things together as a family, so now we all are very close and have so much fun together! I returned home from my mission in Montreal, Canada a few years ago, and this summer I married the love of my life.
One of my proudest accomplishments is teaching one of my friends, who is blind, how to swim and even dive off the diving board. We worked together on breaking down swimming and diving into small steps and then practiced them again and again. I am a big believer that we can accomplish any of our goals if we break them down into small enough steps and move forward with enthusiasm, no matter how long it takes or how many bumps are along the way!
It has definitely been a journey for me to get to my major. For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be a teacher. I started as an Elementary Education Major at BYU-Hawaii, but after some experiences in the classroom with individuals who have disabilities, I knew Special Education was a better fit for me. I transferred to BYU so that I could be apart of the program. I am especially passionate about Special Education because I have some learning disabilities including ADHD and Dyslexia. These differences help me better empathize with students who have disabilities as we work together to do more than what other people expect of us.