Michael’s father died when he was in elementary school. This painful experience affected his emotional state and his self-confidence, and quite likely manifested in issues that arose when he was in high school.
When I met Michael, he was struggling academically. Though we were initially working with him on preparing for the ACT exam, at the start of his junior year, I received a panicked call from Michael’s mom, Carol. She said that Michael was in danger of failing his classes; Carol was devastated and felt defeated. She was convinced Michael would never go to college and contemplated sending him to boarding school. I assured her that Joe, Michael’s Test Prep Academic Coach, and I would do what we could to help Michael. Michael also appeared to be experiencing significant fatigue associated with completing school work, due to emotional exhaustion as well as seasonal allergies.
Joe decided to return to the “basics” in helping Michael get back on track. Utilizing our executive functioning curriculum, Joe helped Michael re-organize his life. Joe suggested new binders, folders and other color-coordinated items for Michael to help him feel more organized and motivated. Joe identified times of day when Michael was more alert and would have enough energy to do his school assignments.
Joe held Michael accountable, while also providing care and concrete guidance. After about six weeks, Michael was able to pull through the last quarter of his junior year and pass all his classes.
Carol was grateful for Michael’s improvement and for Joe’s dedication to her son in supporting him in more ways than just an educator.
Long Island Senior Director