The student representative on the San Diego County Board of Education in December was Alyra, a student at Innovations Academy of Empowerment in Vista.
Alyra was selected for this honor for her leadership and dedication. Principal Oscar Felix said that she has perfect attendance and sets a great example for her peers to follow. Alyra is not only a leader at school but also a leader within her family unit as the oldest of three siblings.
“She is articulate and expresses her opinions in a respectful manner,” Felix added.
Her leadership among peers is evident in how she tutors other students and helps them with social challenges they may not want to share with adults.
“Every student’s situation is different. We all have problem that we have to deal with. It’s just a matter of dealing with the issues in a positive way,” Alyra said. “If I can help them deal with their problem, then I will.”
Alyra also encourages her classmates to connect with staff for assistance in handling personal issues so they can concentrate on school. She credits counselor Gabriela Waters and teacher Mirsha Garcia for helping her during her journey.
Each month, the County Board of Education recognizes a student from the San Diego County Office of Education's (SDCOE) Juvenile Court and Community Schools program 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.
Vista Innovations Academy of Empowerment serves more than 100 students from throughout North County in grades 7 through 12 who are referred by local school districts or probation. The educational program integrates blended learning, classroom instruction and independent study. Elective classes include: robotics, art, horticulture, and career planning.
Alyra is pictured with members of the board of education.