I was born and raised in Miami, Florida and am currently a senior enrolled at La Progresiva Presbyterian School. I have two younger siblings.
I have been to seven different schools, making the last one my home. I attended four different public schools during my elementary years, making these the hardest years due to the fact I was forced to adapt to the environment and the people around me. I remember constantly being bullied all the way up to seventh grade. At the time my mother was a single parent always working hard to provide for her three kids and herself.
“Sophomore year was the year where my life changed completely, not only for myself but for my family.”
During middle school, I struggled fitting in and being able to keep my grades up. From first to fourth grade, I was an honor roll student with A’s and B’s. Switching schools made it difficult because teachers had different ways of lecturing, while other teachers simply did not care.
Sophomore year was the year where my life changed completely, not only for myself but for my family. That’s when we found La Progressiva, where I have enjoyed my high school year experience.
“Now, because of this amazing program, I enjoy learning and I’m doing better than ever, back to being an A and B student.”
Changing schools and trying to find a place where my learning needs could be met was very difficult because there aren’t too many choices here in Miami if you aren’t wealthy. Now, because of this amazing program, I enjoy learning and I’m doing better than ever, back to being an A and B student.
My mother has been pivotal in my education journey. From her I have learned how to be independent as well as taking control of my own success. My mother also put my younger siblings into this school because she has seen the positive impact on me.
I plan to graduate and attend FIU with a full scholarship, get into the police academy while getting my major in criminal justice and minor in psychology. I want to thank everyone who fights for education reform and the school for letting me become part of their home with the hopes of changing lives everywhere.