My 2 Learning Coaches
by Kaya | April 3, 2020
My name is Kaya, and I'm a sophomore at WAVA. I am a straight A student, and a high achiever in my life and academics. I've done some pretty crazy awesome things in my life. For one thing, I went to India and met the Dalai Lama as part of the Lieutenant Governor's Compassion 2020 Delegation! Now I'm working on a my own project dedicated to spreading compassion for the foster youth of our community. There are a lot of people who have made my success possible, two of which were my Learning Coaches. I want to tell you a little bit about them, and why they are so important to me. The first person I want to talk about is my Dad, he was my first learning coach. He's the most dedicated man you could ever have the privilege to meet. He has 6 children, and for years he was Learning Coach to us all. Can you believe it, six kids, one learning coach? Not only that, but we all have different learning styles, it's why we came to WAVA. Some of my siblings need a lot of attention and time, they need that one on one time. But even when he was busy with my other siblings, he always made sure he had time to help me whenever I requested it. Even now, when he's not our main learning coach, my Dad always helps me when I need it. Once in a while, I'll get stumped on a math equation. My Dad always helps me out, and even if he doesn't know how to solve the problem, he helps me look on the internet for tutorials. He's also my number one editor, I always go to him for a final review on my discussions or English assignments. A couple years ago, my Dad went back to school to earn his PH.D in psychology, at the time he was still our main learning coach. So, on top of teaching 6 children with different learning styles, he was also going through school himself. There were times when he was extra stressed about an assignment he had due, but he always put us first. That's why I love him so much, he's so selfless. As of last year, my siblings and I got a new learning coach, my Grandma. Her story is just as incredible as my Dad's. My Grandma lived in Covington, Washington for a long time. If you've never been to the town, let me tell you, it's perfect! There are so many places to go and activities to do. If there's something you want to do that isn't in the town, there are towns about ten minutes away that do have it. She had a nice house and she had so many friends and neighbors. Just a couple years ago she retired, she could have done anything she wanted after that. What she actually did proved just home much she loved us, she moved. She left her amazing town of Covington, left her old house behind, left her friends behind, and moved to a small rental house just a few miles away from us. She did that so she could be our learning coach. She comes every day except for Friday, and helps us with our school assignments so that my Dad can work on his PH.D distraction free. She's a great teacher, she really takes her time and makes sure that we understand our lessons. She never cuts corners or lets us slack, she helps us be the best possible students we can be. She balances fun grandma and teacher grandma perfectly, and always has time for us outside of school. Even my dog looks forward to hearing my grandma come through our front door in the mornings. So, that's the story of my two learning coaches, I think it's pretty incredible. I'm so lucky to have such amazing people in my life. They're dedicated to my education and helping me achieve the goals I've set up. They are my number one cheerleaders and the reason that I can excel in academics the way I do. I will be forever grateful to them, and I know that there could be no better teachers the my Grandma and my Dad.