STAFF MEMBER: I called mom to share the shout-out to her son in this morning's town hall. I told her all the great things I see in him. Which followed by her asking me if we could get her son on the phone call too. I went and got him and we kept it on speaker so I heard her say the following through tears...
MOM: I am overwhelmed that "she" [me] called me. We don't get that from people, we don't hear that about our African American kids. They only see the bad in us. I can't wait to brag about this. I can't wait for everyone to hear this. Do you know what it means that someone thinks I am doing a good job with my kid? I feel like this is the first time that someone didn't make me feel like an embarrassment.
She gets to be who she is, accepted unconditionally, pushed to be better, and able to apply her passions and talents in a way that will positively impact the community. High school, or any school for that matter, has the power to make or break a child's spirit. As parents, we all want what is best for our children and we entrust schools with our most precious people. Pathways has absolutely been the best place for my daughter, as they take care of not only her mind, but her heart as well. I will be forever grateful for Pathways High.
I appreciate the feedback that I receive from the teachers at Pathways. Her latest report card brought me to tears, the way each teacher spoke about my child as an individual, and their appreciation for her unique qualities and talents. Each teacher seems to genuinely care about her and her progress in class.