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.
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
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
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
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