Heter Haven Academy
established in 1994

Should I brag?


The Wise Seeks Knowledge


I have a hard time bragging on myself.  I certainly do not mind sharing successes that my students have had, that’s the fun part of being a mom and teacher.  But, it is hard to give myself credit for my part in their success.  The first time I ever wrote about my expertise with students was as we were adopting our little ones.  The county wanted to send our daughter to the local elementary school.  I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that she would do better at home with me.  Sending her into the public school system where she had struggled would be setting her up for failure.  I ended up writing our state adoption worker two emails.  One mail had my work experience - a simplified version of my resume.  The other was an email that listed examples of children who had done better under my instruction that elsewhere.  I wish I had kept a copy of that email.  I would certainly make doing this page easier.


Honestly, I still do not like writing about my success.  But, if you are going to put any trust in what I have to say, I have been told that I need to share with you examples of the success I have had with children.  So, with that said… here we go.

Here we go...

Samples of Success

One of my most personal successes is our first born son, Stephen.  He graduated from Heter Haven Academy on Friday, June 1st2007.  He has become a wonderful young man, who is doing very well in college. He had received his A.S. from our local community college and is now attending California State University, Sacramento working toward his B.A. in Business.  He both attends college full time and works. 

Prior to enrolling, he was required to take a college placement test.  He placed into Algebra 2 and English 1a.  At 17, he made a 97% on his ground school exit exam for flying and then passed his FAA written test for becoming a pilot.  He is an avid reader and enjoys learning.  Now, this may not be anything spectacular for many children.  But, my son, Stephen is extremely dyslexic.  I had him tested during his 4thgrade and was told that he would never learn to read.  Our classroom worked differently than most.  But, the result is a confident, intelligent, successful young man who at 18 was able to be successfully enter college. 


There was a young man that I tutored.  He was 18 years old and a graduate from our local public high school.  He wanted to enroll in the Navy, but could not pass the entrance exam.  I tutored him and he did pass.  I saw his mother a while ago.  She told me that her son was excelling in the Navy.  He was now enrolled in college with the goal of becoming an officer.


A mother brought her son to our school.  He was depressed and felt that no one really liked him.  In our school, though he was very ADD (attention deficit disorder), he was successful academically.  He made friends and came out of his shell.  I continue to see this young man.  Today he is a successful employee.  He is a wonderful husband and father of three young children.  His mother once told me that she felt that I had saved her son.


We received a call about two small foster children who had blown out of placement.  Their social worker described them as “feral children” (wild, untamed, and animal like).  There was a 3 year old boy and a 21 month old girl.  To be honest, they were really difficult children.  At three, the boy had no vocabulary.  He could not even take the infant vision test with pictures of balls and boats.  He did not have the vocabulary for even the most basic items.  The 21 month old girl was an obvious meth baby.  Their grandma was contacted to care for them, but she refused.  After almost a year with us, they began the final steps to reunification with their mother.  A driver would pick them up weekly for visitations.  The county worker told me that she had been apprehensive about being their driver.  She had been told how difficult to manage these two children were.  But, she then added that she did not know where they got such a bad reputation.  They now behaved themselves beautifully and sang happy songs as they traveled to 30 minute drive each way.  Later, with the agreement that Mom would move back in with Grandma, the children were reunited with their family.  Grandma called to thank me for my work with her grandchildren.  She let me know that if it had not been for their placement with us, she would not have been able to handle their return to her home.


I had a student in public school who had failed Algebra I three times.  He was a brilliant student and could pass the final for Algebra I, but refused to do the homework.  When I got him in class, I gave him a placement test and then put him into Trigonometry.  He began to make good grades and enjoyed math again.


A lady from our church had a son who was in the county’s SED (severally emotionally disabled) program.  He was not functioning well at all in this classroom and was having constant behavior problems.  I allowed him to attend Heter Haven Academy on a week by week basis while they found a more appropriate situation for him.  In the time that I had him, I never experienced the inappropriate behavior that they witnessed in the SED class.  He behaved will in our small educational haven.  Soon, a new school was found for him and he left me.


Recently, I was able to graduate a young man who came to me in the 7th grade.  When he enrolled in Heter Haven Academy he had difficulty with concentration and he did not enjoy writing at all.  As a senior, he was self-motivated, a social leader and wrote long research papers that were detailed and informative.  This young man went on to our local community college and is doing very well.


I always tell parents that our small private school is not accredited and their children will need to attend junior college before enrolling in a four year college or university.  But, the first two students I graduated both went to four year colleges.  One went to a state university and the other went to a small private college.  Their scores on the SAT were high enough that they were able to enroll directly into their desired institutions.

Samples of Success last updated 3/12/13