It is no secret that virtual learning has been a challenge for many students and teachers. But for others, it has given them a unique opportunity to grow and improve in ways that may have not been available to them previously. Eighth-grader Serenity Cole struggled her first two years at Hazelwood Northwest Middle School. According to her teacher and case manager, Leigha Wetter, Serenity’s seventh-grade year was especially difficult for her and she was not seeing an end in sight to her academic struggles. Shortly thereafter, an Individualized Education Program (IEP) was put into place that focused on increasing her skills to complete her assignments by regulating her frustration and emotions.
As the 2020-2021 school year has taken shape, Serenity’s academics have improved greatly. She consistently participates, answers questions and completes her assignments.
“She is one of the most hard-working young ladies that I have ever met,” Wetter said.
Serenity maintains all As and Bs in her classes while assisting her grandmother, with whom she lives. She even assisted her grandmother in navigating the technology when it was time for parent-teacher conferences.
“I am inspired by Serenity’s willingness to never give up, despite the obstacles that have been placed in her way,” Wetter said. “Everyone that she comes in contact with is honored to know her and cannot wait to see the great things that she accomplishes.”