Educator with ALS will continue to teach (ALS can’t stop life’s purpose to teach)

ALS – a rare and incurable nervous system disease. It is characterized by progressive muscle weakness – ALS Association.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease and motor neurone disease (MND), is a specific disease that causes the death of neurons which control voluntary muscles. Some also use the term motor neuron disease for a group of conditions of which ALS is the most common. ALS is characterized by stiff muscles, muscle twitching, and gradually worsening weakness due to muscles decreasing in size. This results in difficulty speaking, swallowing, and eventually breathing.


The 42-year old father of two, Andrew Niblock – the head of the Greenwich Country Day School’s was diagnosed (ALS) 11 months ago. He hoped to use his diagnosis to teach children about ALS and raise awareness for it by creating age-appropriate videos with the school’s headmaster, Adam Rohdie.

Niblock said, “I have a great job in the world. There might be somebody out there who gets more hugs than I do, during their work day, but I’d like to meet them.” “I get to greet 417 smiling, skipping, laughing, children everyday. It energizes me, It gives me that sense of purpose.” I want children to understand curve balls,” No matter what is thrown your way… if a kid powers through or makes the most of something later because of knowing me, that’d be great”.


Despite of being diagnosed with ALS, Niblock is inspiring students with his optimism and honesty as he continues to work.

Niblock really inspiring not only his students but to all the people in the world especially teachers. This is to remind teachers that whatever challenges come to your life, keep moving and move mountains. Love your work especially teaching, where you can build happiness to children, you can change lives of the youth. Nothing can hinder your purpose in life. Just be true to yourself, love everything you have, value each other’s companionship (friends,family,students,teachers), pray for everybody and be honest.