Total loan: $8,500
Saint Louis, MO, United States / Education
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I'm Jessica, born and raised in St. Louis, MO where I attended the Hazelwood school district/special school district. In the second grade, I thought I was going crazy. The words and letters I saw did not make any sense as I was not seeing what others saw. You cannot imagine how it felt to not be sure you were seeing words and letters in the correct order. I was devastated. I was evaluated and subsequently diagnosed with dyslexia. Due to my diagnosis, I repeated the second grade. I was heartbroken and felt left out of class activities when I went to the resource classroom. Despite feeling left out of class activities, I pushed myself to succeed. I listened and practiced the techniques the resource teachers taught me. When I got to high school, I had learned how to advocate for myself and I was determined to be enrolled in general classes. My resource teachers were very encouraging and due to their ongoing support, I developed techniques and habits that allowed me to enter general level classes as a senior. From my own experience, I knew I wanted to help other students with special needs and change the narrative that just because someone learns differently, we should not discredit nor limit their potential. I attended a four-year university where I received a BS in Human Development and Family Studies. I did my internship at a blended school, which reinforced my thinking about, blended classes within the school. I was employed by the St. Louis Special School District, where I held the position of a Behavior Specialist for several years. The culmination of my own experiences in school, college internships, and working for the Special School District, drove me to follow my dream & open my own blended learning academy.