I was adopted when I was four months old and came to the United States from Guatamala, where I was born. My mother also adopted my younger siblings and we lived in San Francisco. My mom worked long hours and we did not see her very often. A few years ago she became very ill and was eventually diagnosed with stage three lung cancer. She was forced to leave her job and for awhile we only had cereal for dinner.
When my mother passed away, it was like an illusion and I didn’t accept it until the day of her wake. I was already failing my classes and finding out who I really was NOT. I went into a state of anger and depression and was furious at God. But then, after Christmas, a couple adopted us, we moved to their home in Omaha, and I started at Gross Catholic High School.
My education journey is complex. I was taught in special education classrooms for fourteen years of my life. I wasn’t taught math or much science or history, mostly only English. I knew I wasn’t supposed to be there and wanted to get out but knew I could not do so on my own.
“I have a 3.4 GPA and am thriving in this school.”
I went from public school from pre-k to freshman year in high school. The second semester of my freshman year I started at Gross High School. Until I came to private school, I really struggled academically and in my faith. My high school has given me a new slate to start over both academically and socially. Since I’ve started my grades have improved. I have a 3.4 GPA and am thriving in this school. My parents decided to send me to this school one, because it’s a Catholic school, but also because I’m able to thrive and be the person I want to be.
School choice would help many more kids because families could choose the kind of education they want for their children based on what benefits them the most.