How a determined lady born with Down Syndrome became a teacher

How a determined lady born with Down Syndrome became a teacher

- Shéri Brynard was born with Down Syndrome

- This means that she was classified as intellectually disabled

- However, her determination drove her to become a teacher and motivational speaker

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After being born with Down Syndrome, Shéri Brynard was classified as intellectually disabled. However, she defied the odds to eventually become a teacher.

Speaking to Beautiful News, Shéri said people did not expect her to live long. At 36 years old now, she has proven them all wrong.

She joined Motheo College in Bloemfontein, Free State, upon completing high school.

She made history by being the only person with Down Syndrome in the world to obtain a tertiary teacher's diploma without receiving any academic concessions.

Even more incredibly, Shéri chose to study in English, which is not her mother tongue. Her aim was to spread her message of positivity to as many people as possible around the world.

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She now teaches at Lettie Fouche School in Bloemfontein. However, she is inspiring many more people than just her pupils through motivational speaking.

According to Beautiful News, Shéri has given more than 600 speeches across the world, including at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.

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The inspirational teacher has won several high profile awards, including the President's Award and the World Down Syndrome Day Award.

She also launched her autobiography, Just the Way I Am, last year. Her message to others is to always be positive:

Success is measured against oneself. You cannot always change your circumstances. But you can change the way you look at them.

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