I remember a young girl who came to Fairhill in 4th grade. Like many others, she had hit the wall in public school when her struggles in reading and math led to no recess, no music, no art – only TAKS test prep. In kindergarten, her parents were told that it would be ok that she struggled to read – she was so pretty that she would find a good husband to take care of her. Her future looked dismal and limited. Then there was Fairhill. The teachers at Fairhill welcomed, encouraged, challenged, and inspired this shy little creature, who was brave enough to be the only girl in a class of all boys but was too timid to ask a question. Equally valuable as helping her to read, spell, and do math, the teachers taught this student her own self-worth. She stayed at Fairhill through high school where she flourished academically, socially, and, even though she wasn’t the tallest or the fastest, athletically. Now this little girl is a confident young lady in her sophomore year of college. She is being featured this fall on her university’s website. When they asked about her major – elementary education with K-12 special education certification – she said that she wanted to “repay and show respect for my teachers.” She added, “My teachers were very heartwarming and encouraging and calm. I definitely gained a great respect for those who teach students with learning differences, because it’s hard enough to deal with kids, but it’s even harder to deal with kids who are very outgoing and have different struggles.” Fairhill teachers nurtured Erica from a bruised shell of a little girl to the wonderful, self-reliant woman she is today. Her family could not be more grateful or indebted to the teachers of Fairhill School.
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