My Mother Chose the Best School for Me: East Bay Innovation Academy
By: Asya Stephens
I struggled with my education early in life. I didn’t have the right support system at my elementary school to help me. As a result, I struggled with math and reading. My old had a lot of students and they were not able to work with us on an individual basis. I needed that extra 1:1 attention because it was hard for me to learn and focus.
My mother stepped in for me in a huge way. She started talking to me about the value of quality education. She showed me connections between a good education and going to college so I could live the type of life I wanted. My mother made a choice to take me out of my old school and enrolled me in East Bay Innovation Academy. I think it was the best decision she could have made. At EBIA, I got to witness first hand the work and dedication the school and teachers put into their students. I got to join a bunch of clubs that I loved. It was also where I got introduced to office hours.
If you didn’t know, office hours are where teachers schedule a time to meet with their students after school. During office hours, you meet 1:1 with your teacher about specific things you may be working on or if you need any help with something. For example, I went to English office hours because I needed help with the reading assignment that was due the next day. Office hours encouraged me to own my learning and improve as a student.
I thought student office hours was something that everyone in the 6th grade on experienced. I was shocked when I sat with other students and adults and this was the first time they had heard of middle and high schoolers having regular office hours with their teachers. One adult told me that he did not experience office hours until he got to college!
I am now even more grateful to my mom and EBIA for how they support me. My mother made a choice to send me to the best school she could find for me while my school does all that it can to help me own my own education. I wish the same for other students.