All throughout school both middle school and high school I remember struggling in both  Math and English. I remember liking Math and English when I was younger but as I got older I began to get not enjoy either subjects because I felt that I was always struggling in the subjects and could never catch up. At this age I was like a flower, blooming and learning to become a better me. I attended a private school from kindergarten through ninth grade and during middle school was when I really found myself losing interest in some of my classes and my grades began to drop. I found myself losing motivation to go to school because I knew my grades were low so I felt like it didn’t matter if I missed school or not. I really didn’t have any motivation in neither middle or high school to get good grades up until my junior year because I felt like I had fallen so behind, years before.

                                                                       

My sophomore year was my first year being in a public school, I started going to Rancho Cucamonga High School.  I knew that going from a private school to a public school was going to be different and I was nervous. I expected that going from a private school to a public school was going to be weird but I can honestly say that I thought I was going to have a hard time adjusting to a new school. I had never had to make new friends before and my old school was really small, I was nervous that it was going to be hard for me to make new friends and be hard for me to find my way around the school because it was so big compared to the school I went to before. When I went to Rancho I had a really hard time making new friends because I felt so out of my comfort zone and I was also shy. After being at Rancho for a year I still remember not liking it because I still had not made new friends, I remember talking to my dad at the end of my sophomore year and telling him how bad I still wanted to go back to my old school because I felt like I didn’t fit in at Rancho. After having a few talks with my dad he convinced me to stick it out at Rancho for another year, he told me that if i stepped out of my comfort zone that he thought I would like it more so that’s what I worked on doing. I had been so use to being around my same group of friends every year at my old school and being so comfortable around them because I had known them for so long that I never knew what it was like to have to try to step out of my comfort zone. I had always thought of myself as being outgoing and it wasn’t until I switched schools that I realized I was shy, not only was I nervous to try stepping out of my comfort zone but I also felt like I didn’t even know what to do to work on trying to step out of my comfort zone.

The one thing that I always did love about going to Rancho was the staff. I always remember the staff being helpful, caring and very good listeners, if I ever needed something. For the most part everyone at Rancho was very kind to each other, which is one of the reasons why I never understood why was so hard for me to step out of my comfort zone while being there. I also had really good teachers every year that I could remember, I can honestly say they were even better than my old schools teachers. My junior year one teacher that stuck out to me the most was my English teacher Mr. Boles, which is my sponsor of literacy that I’m going to be talking about. Not only was Mr. Boles funny but you could also just tell from the very first day that he really cared about his students and their success and not just in English class but in all other classes as well. Mr. Boles also always seemed like a very down to earth person, he made sure that his students felt at home when they were in his class.

I chose to write about Mr. Boles as my sponsor of Literacy because I feel like if it wasn’t for being in his class my junior year I wouldn’t find joy in school like I do today. I can honestly say that Mr. Boles class my junior year was challenging for me,  but he always made sure that his students knew that even if it seem challenging not to give up because even if it was hard he knew that we could do better in the class. I always remember learning something new in his class almost every day, I also remember always being excited to go to his class because of how comfortable I felt that class. Throughout all of my years of school all of the information that I learned his class has stuck with me to this day the most out of all of my teachers.  He always had new ways to make sure that the class was fun for us but also make sure that we were still learning like we should be. He made us do a lot of exercises in that class having to do with speaking out loud in front of other people, at first it was nerve-racking for me but over time I became more comfortable. I became more comfortable not only with speaking in front of the class but also just with myself. He not only was a great teacher but his students always knew that if we ever needed anything we could go to him.

 

When I was in middle school through high school up until my junior year in high school I had no motivation to do better in school. It wasn’t until being in Mr. Boles English class my junior year that I found myself to be more motivated and find excitement not only in my English class but in all other classes again. I’m not sure if it was the way that he thought, how comfortable I felt in that class, or just him being an all around great teacher is what made me find my love for school again. Being in his class help me to step out of my comfort zone without me even knowing, if it wasn’t for his class I feel like I would still be just as shy as a used to be. Not only did his class make me more confident in school, it also made me more confident around other people and I really believe that if it wasn’t for taking his class I wouldn’t be the person that I am today.