Jamileth V. (student)
Jamileth has been an upstander in several ways. First, she has developed and implemented community-building activities with ninth graders throughout the school year, touching on such topics as bullying, academic motivation, and family history. Jamileth's patience and persistence allowed her to develop strong relationships with her mentees. Second, Jamileth has excelled in her role as a restorative justice committee member. In this role, she helps students who have caused harm to the school community to present their reflections and growth. Jamileth's probing questions and open heart have allowed her to have a great impact in this role.
Alexis Scott (adult)
Alexis is always finding ways to advocate for students with learning disabilities, English learners, and other students with diverse learning and social/emotional needs. Alexis serves on a variety of committees aimed at improving academic and school culture. She consistently and creatively provides a voice for those students who are often overlooked in these conversations. Perhaps Alexis's greatest impact has been her stewardship of our Small Group Instruction (SGI) program, a data-informed initiative designed to help students achieve grade-level standards. Through this program, she has forged a fun, energetic learning environment that has fostered a unique sense of belonging among students and staff while inspiring students and staff to achieve remarkable academic progress. The workshops are very popular among students and data show students have made significant progress. Through this program, Alexis is championing the value of equity.
She works with incredible instructional assistants who have helped her to lead this program:
Alondra Medina, Isabel Campa, Kevin Peña, Marcus Greetis, Mathew Gonzalez, Shonice Latimer, and Valerie Pleitez
Bring Change 2 Mind (group)
Members: Rianna L. (Student Leader), Ryan Sexton (Teacher Leader)
Bring Change 2 Mind has promoted mental health awareness on Valor Academy’s campus. The group has organized activities such as a fair that provided students with the opportunity to explore resources and engage in activities related to wellness and mental health. Club members also greet students in the morning with positive affirmations to build a positive, inclusive community. The club also plans whole-school events and creates communications that educate students on aspects of mental health. For example, Rianna has worked with the counseling department to identify students with mental health needs who would benefit from peer support and mental health education. Despite the stigma around these increasingly important issues, Rianna never shies away from speaking out, leading students, and changing the school culture to better support students with their mental health.