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Passion and destiny often intertwine in unexpected ways. For me, it was a journey that started with a degree in elementary education and led me to the fulfilling path of working with children in a profoundly unique environment. Let me take you through my journey of discovery, growth, and finding my true calling with SOAR.

As a college graduate, I embarked on the traditional route of becoming a public school teacher. Yet, amidst the rigors of the classroom, I realized there was a burning passion within me that needed expression. I craved to connect with students on a deeper level, to understand them before seeking to be understood. And thus, after much contemplation, I made the courageous decision to depart from conventional teaching and explore other avenues.

Little did I know, fate had something extraordinary in store for me. It was during this period of soul-searching that I stumbled upon SOAR. Initially hired for Academy Admissions, I found myself drawn into a world that resonated with my core values and aspirations. It wasn’t just a job; it was an opportunity to merge my passion for education with experiential learning in a setting that felt like home.

SOAR became more than just a workplace; it became a sanctuary for personal growth and development. As someone who grappled with ADHD, I found solace and empowerment in the strategies taught by SOAR. The outdoor expeditions, reminiscent of my raft guiding days, not only calmed my restless mind but also instilled valuable life skills and self-awareness.

What truly sets SOAR apart is its unwavering commitment to its mission. Every day, I witness firsthand the transformative impact it has on students and families. From the initial conversations with parents to witnessing the growth of students during family weeks and graduations, I am reminded of the profound difference we make in their lives.

At the heart of SOAR lies The Academy, a vibrant community dedicated to nurturing the potential of every student. Here, teachers, students, instructors, and administrators unite in a shared goal of fostering growth and empowerment. It’s not just about academic success; it’s about holistic development and creating a supportive ecosystem where everyone thrives.

In my role, I have the privilege of being the bridge between families and SOAR, fostering trust and genuine connections. The joy of hearing parents share their child’s successes reaffirms my belief that I’m exactly where I’m meant to be.

Reflecting on my journey with SOAR, I’m filled with gratitude for the opportunities it has bestowed upon me. What we do isn’t magic; it’s a testament to the power of passion, dedication, and genuine human connection. As I continue to walk this path, I’m excited for the countless lives we’ll touch and the futures we’ll shape together. For me, SOAR isn’t just a job; it’s a calling—a destiny fulfilled.