I am currently sitting at my kitchen table watching the live stream of the 2020 graduation. I am almost in tears. I logged on to watch Marilyn accept her diploma, and was reminded how proud I am to have experienced a school like Xavier. Congratulations on still being able to provide the Seniors with a graduation they deserve in the middle of this pandemic! I was so happy to see members of the staff that had such an impact on my time there. And the fireworks really topped it off!!
A quick update on my life, I am currently studying education at the University of Houston, Vice President of my sorority and I made Dean's list this semester. As I embark on my education courses, I reference Xavier a lot and the way the school is structured. I am so incredibly thankful and proud to have received my diploma from Xavier. This school taught me so much! I learned that it was okay to let loose sometimes, and self-discipline is so necessary. I gained confidence in myself that I don't believe I would have otherwise. I got to experience what an excellent teacher looks and without realizing, learned so many things about the type of teacher I plan to be.
When people ask me what I want to do with my career in education, I always answer to, hopefully, teach kindergarteners! But eventually, I would like to start or work for a school with the same foundation as Xavier. I love the model created for faculty and students. When I think of Xavier, I think of a safe, accepting, and friendly learning environment like nothing I have experienced before.
I guess I just want to say thank you! Thank you for everything you both taught me in the 2 1/2 years I attended this school and how heavily of an impact it had on my decision to study education and hopefully become as good of an educator as those who taught me at XEA! I wanted to email both of you because you are the first to come to mind when I think of Xavier. Thank you so much for the high school experience you provided me.