The student representative on the San Diego County Board of Education for December was Marbella, a sophomore at North County Technology and Science Academy.
Marbella is committed to attending school and completing assignments while juggling the joys of motherhood. She actively participates in class activities and discussions, and proactively reaches out for help when she needs it.
Principal Oscar Felix says that Marbella is “goal-oriented, remains focused on her future, and often speaks of leaving her past mistakes behind.”
Marbella says she’s worked hard to develop a positive self-image that is not dependent upon what others think and would advise others “that it is up to each of them to make a difference.”
She is grateful to the school staff and her teachers Paige Stence and Tammy Reina for helping her succeed. After high school, Marbella plans on attending college to pursue her dream career of becoming a hairstylist.
“Because of her strengths and talents, we are confident that Marbella will be successful in any endeavor,” said Felix.
North County Technology and Science Academy serves students in grades 7 through 12 who have been referred by school districts and/or probation. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, students are participating in online learning and independent study. It's one of the San Diego County Office of Education's Juvenile Court and Community Schools (JCCS).
Each month, the County Board of Education recognizes a student from JCCS at its regular meeting.
"In addition to giving the board a chance to honor a student, participation in the meeting also gives students valuable experience in leadership," said Dr. Paul Gothold, San Diego County Superintendent of Schools.