When my mother decided to place me in a charter school, I was afraid of the rigor and expectations associated with this type of education. In my young mind, I believed that charter schools were associated with “super smart” students and that I would not succeed in that environment. I began my sixth grade year at YES Prep and attended this school until my graduation year as a senior.
The teachers and staff at YES Prep fostered an environment for students to succeed and allowed us to be our true selves in and out of the classroom. Every year, they met us where we were academically and pushed us to become a better version of ourselves.
“The charter school system provided me with an opportunity of a life time as a first-generation college student.”
Had it not been for YES, I would not have received a full academic scholarship for my first-choice university and successfully completed my Bachelor of Science degree. The charter school system provided me with an opportunity of a life time as a first-generation college student. Due to my experience in this system, I decided to return to YES Prep and become a teacher myself.
From an educators standpoint, I knew the importance of creating opportunities for my students like those that were provided for me while I attended YES Prep. Teaching 8th grade math has been such a wonderful experience! I now get to foster that same equitable education environment for my students. As many would say, I have lived the full circle in my charter school experience and I would not change it for the world. I truly love what I do day in and day out.