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Destiny’s Success Story

Hi, my name is Destiny. I’m in fifth grade at Adams Elementary School. I really enjoy coming to school every day, but it wasn’t always like that.

Two years ago when I came to Adams, it was hard getting used to new people and places because I had been changing schools almost every year before that. My new third grade class was fine for two weeks, and then I started acting out by not doing my work, pouting, and getting irritated with everyone at my new school. That’s when my new teacher, Mrs. Baxter, and the principal decided to take me out of the classroom for a while. It was hard being away from the class and all of the excitement. Instead I had to sit in the office and do page after page of worksheets. It seemed like for most of third grade I was in the office. Most of the time I spent tearing up my worksheets, throwing my papers around and hiding under the table. Once I even tried to skip school but that didn’t work out very well because the school called my mom and she left work and came home and took me to school. 

Mrs. Schwaninger and Mrs. Bowhay refused to give up. They kept telling me this, and it got annoying and I didn’t believe it for a long time. It took some time, but slowly I worked my way back to the classroom close to the end of third grade. I started learning strategies that helped me learn to calm down when I got mad or shut down. Some of the strategies I’ve used are hand press, foot press, deep breaths and counting to ten. It was hard, but I had to learn to let the adults be in charge. And even now sometimes it’s hard to do something even when I don’t want to.

In fourth grade, it was a little bit hard. I acted out some in fourth grade and had to spend some time in recovery. It was easier to let the teacher be in charge because I could use my skills. If I didn’t want to do something, I sometimes shut down. I sat away from the kids but close to the teacher.

Now that I’m in fifth grade, I can’t believe that I ever did that. But I’m proud of how far I’ve come. My fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Lautenschlager, is so nice and never gets mad. She taught me so much. You’ll be happy to know I’ve only been in the safe seat once this year! My grades are excellent, and I do a pretty fair job of getting along with my classmates.

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