Compassionate Education

Girl running cross countryVivienne had been bullied and humiliated by a teacher in the second grade. Other students picked up on it and the bullying continued throughout elementary school. Even moving to a middle school in a different county didn’t stop the bullying. Vivienne found every excuse she could not to go to school.

Frustrated and uncertain how to help their daughter, Vivienne’s parents enrolled her in Thomas Academy to start the eighth grade. She was clearly nervous the first day, keeping to herself with her eyes never quite connecting with anyone else’s. But our teachers saw the promise in this young lady and demonstrated the compassion emphasized in our school motto. Vivienne was encouraged every day to become a part of the group and share her knowledge. With only 12 other students in the class, Vivienne was given the individual attention she needed to develop academically and socially.

Vivienne is now a junior in our school, active in our sports programs, a member of the Key Club, a yearbook contributor, and one of the most social students on campus. Everyone knows Vivienne! She comes to school every day, ready to contribute and excited to be a part of the Eagle community. 

She is just one example of what happens for students at Thomas Academy when they are provided encouragement through the dedication, compassion, and caring support of our staff. 

Geraldine Bradshaw, Ed.D., is the Director of Thomas Academy, a public charter school.

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