I am saddened to hear about the passing of Mr Havrilla. I was a student of Mr.Havrilla for approximately seven years during the 1980s and we were very fortunate to have Mr. Havrilla there for us. Mr. Havrilla was a pioneer in field of Special Education in South Florida. He was a dynamic individual, a mentor, a leader, a man of tremendous caring, kindness, compassion and integrity. He empowered students who had learning disabilities, and persons with all types of disabilities such as myself to never give up hope, and to never give up your dreams. He was determined to ensure that every student who walked through the doors of Vanguard received an education, a Special Education. To Mr Havrilla it was not just an "education" it was about teaching his students about adapting to your surroundings, about exploring your possibilities of what you can do despite the hardship and disability one faced in life. Mr. Havrilla and others at Vanguard School and the Miami Dade Schools enabled me to become the man I am today. Mr Havrilla was also like a second father to many and inspired many to do their best, to go the extra mile to help others in need. Mr. Havrilla would play sports together, engage us with numerous innovative student activities.We traveled to Disney with our classmates for many memorable times, and participated in other educational trips to broaden our intellectual growth. Mr. Havrilla often would try to lift my tiny body high up to reach the basket ball net when we were playing basket ball. He would personally meet with his students like myself and empower us about how to overcome life difficulties, school projects, home work assignments, and learning to tie a tie the right way. I would like to offer my condolences and sympathy to Mr Havrilla family. Mr.Havrilla will be missed.