A Letter From A High Tech Center Student
Harriet Eskildsen meets with student Jim Rasmussen.
Dear Ladies and gentlemen, In my opinion, there are several best features of the High Tech Center, and all of the reasons revolve around how Harriet Eskildsen runs the program.
First, Harriet cares about each student individually. She takes a great deal of time to understand exactly how a disability affects each student, so she can help the student to the best of her ability. For instance, she creates a separate academic plan for each and every one of her students. This is very important because all of her students have very different needs. Then Harriet sits with a student until he or she can overcome whatever obstacles are blocking the path to understanding.
Second, Harriet creates an environment where I can feel good about myself no matter how remedial the subject matter is, or how difficult it is for me. For instance, she always praises the good work that I have done, and encourages me to move forward in my goals. Also, she is able to see past my disabilities and see the person I am inside; she believes so strongly in me that I am able to believe in myself.
Third, another aspect of the Center is that it is very important to me to be able to work at my own pace, and I can do so here. For, example, if I am under pressure to do the subject matter too fast for my understanding, my mental walls shut down, and I am unable to process the information. In the High Tech Center this does not happen, for Harriet never presses a student to move beyond his ability. Also, without having to rush I am able to see where my inner blocks are, and overcome them.
In conclusion, Harriet is a very important support system for me in all the areas of my education. For example, I was having serious trouble in my math class, and I could not find anyone to help me. One day I was sitting in the High Tech Center, and Harriet could tell I was troubled. I discussed my situation with her and she was willing to help in any way she could. With Harriet's aid, it looks like I will be able to overcome my difficulties, and fulfill my dreams. I know I can come to Harriet with any problem, and she will do whatever she can do to help me, for I am not just another student to her. I am a person that matters.
Sincerely, Elizabeth A. Carlin