Growing up, I didn’t have a great academic support system. I was a class clown and rarely paid attention in school, which frustrated my teachers and peers. Until I was diagnosed with ADHD, which impacted my ability to learn and succeed in school, there were not many people in my life who believed in me. My third grade teacher, however, was the first to see my potential. She believed that I was just as smart and capable as any other student. Even at my young age, she knew that I had the potential to be a successful student when others did not. Still, I was a bad student for most of my life, unmotivated because I wasn’t smart enough to be an A-student. When I was a junior in high school, her words came back to me that I am capable enough to succeed. I just needed someone to believe in me. Her words carried me through the rest of my academic journey. Receiving a 3.9 GPA in the last two years of high school and graduating from Washington State University at 20 years old.
Although I graduated college with a business degree, I realized my true dream was to travel and teach. I began private tutoring on the side while working with students with behavioral issues at Horace Mann Elementary in Washington. I also worked at Hawthorne Elementary in Boise as a Title I Tutor. Now, I tutor elementary and middle school students full-time.
Looking back, I am grateful for the tremendous support and encouragement from my third-grade teacher. I love seeing the amount of academic growth and self-confidence that can happen with tutoring. I firmly believe that every child needs the right people around them for success in school and life. I want our students to have the same support and guidance that helped me become the person I am today.