I had given up on myself
"I could barely read or write and didn't even realize I had given up on myself… a great teacher from WSD taught me how to believe in myself by showing me the importance of getting an education. She gave me the tools for my education, and as a result, built my self-confidence. It was the greatest accomplishment in my life to learn how to read and write. I am extremely grateful that WSD is much more than trade certificates and GEDs. As a result of my teacher helping me believe in myself, I now have greater freedom in my life. I can be the father my kids need, as well as a positive role model in my community. Most importantly, I can remain free upon my release."
Other Success Stories that may interest you:
Role Model - Success Story - "I talk to them about how important education is and how hard I'm trying to prove that to them."
Success Story posters on campuses - New WSD success story posters are being displayed in schools across the state to encourage students to make education, employment skills, self-esteem and positive change a permanent part of their lives.
Polunsky Unit Success Story - "He [Mr. Leblanc] taught me things that even the guys rebuilding transmissions for many years didn't know."
NEW - Education taught me... - "Education taught me how to think and analyze problems, which helps me daily in my current employment."
To a WSD welding teacher from a former offender student - "I got a job welding and I had to write and just thank you so much for putting me ahead of the game."