Vicki Lucas is a Special Education Teacher and mom to teenage sons: 14-year old Ian, 16-year old Alex, and 18-year old Zach. Vicki and Steve have been married 20 years, weathering the challenges and thrills of raising three sons, including a child with a complex congenital heart defect. Over 15 years of classroom experience and private tutoring have given Vicki insight into the challenges and learning styles of special needs students. Alex was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS). He has had 4 open-heart surgeries and multiple catheterizations. Alexander has seen the gamut of learning environments from specialized preschool, Language Learning Development, Self-Contained, Resource Room, In-Class Support; culminating in a 504 Status. For a child expected to use a Picture Exchange Communication System or PECS Communication System, Alex has since progressed to Honors and Talented and Gifted classes. Alex is planning to attend college!