Friday, November 13, 2009

Friday FiveSpot presents... education wins!

Happy Friday, Fivers!

I'm always on the lookout for inspiring stories and, since education is a particular passion of mine, this story really captured my attention. It's about Tohatchi Elementary School in New Mexico, a school where 83% of its students qualify as poor by state standards. Determined not to be held back by economic status, Tohatchi went from one of the worst academically performing schools in the state to one of the best in just three short years. If this doesn't inspire you to believe in the power of caring teachers and administrators--and the power of kids to rise to any challenge--then I'll eat my hat.

(Disclaimer: This is a figure of speech. I won't actually eat my hat unless said hat is made of chocolate. But I still think this is a fabulous story.)



  1. Very inspiring! Sometimes the task of state-measured "success" in public schools today seems so overwhelming... it's good to know it starts with relationships and encouragement and perspective first!

  2. Isn't this such an inspiring story??? My MIL is a retired teacher, so stories about educators getting creative to meet challenges head on (and succeeding!) has a special place in my heart. :-)