Caroline Boag

In third grade, due to my auditory processing disorder, communications disorder, attention deficit disorder, and inability to be successful in a traditional public school, I began attending Edison Academy. During my early elementary school education I quickly became frustrated, suffered from constant feelings of anxiety, failure, and lack of confidence in my ability to learn. However, Edison Academy changed all of that.

The staff, who specialize in special education, literally changed my life forever. They had patience, dedication, and the ability to make an enormous impact on small child’s life. They taught me skills to be successful in learning and brought my confidence back. … I graduated summa cum laude from San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences.  I was awarded the title of Outstanding student of the College of Health and Human Services, which is an award given to the student with highest grade point average in the entire college.  I graduated from college with a 4.0 major GPA and a 3.91 overall GPA. …

When I describe my time at Edison Academy to people, they frequently tell me that I am making it sound like a utopia. I tell them it was. If it weren’t for Edison Academy I would not have this innate belief in myself that many consider my greatest strength. Edison Academy provided me with a safe environment where I got one on one attention and felt special. My teacher made me feel like I was worth something, like I was worth her time and effort.  he taught me skills and strategies to help me succeed in public school, which I still use to this day. Edison gave me inner strength.