The student representative on the San Diego County Board of Education in May was Jose, a senior at San Pasqual Academy (SPA).
According to Principal Suzanne Miyasaki, Jose has made tremendous progress in his time at SPA, overcoming both personal and academic challenges to become a successful, engaged student.
“He’s discovered the results of perseverance and working hard,” Miyasaki said.
Active on campus, Jose has been a part of the award-winning CTE horticulture class, is in ASB, and on the student graduation committee. He also has a job and is scheduled to attend Palomar College in the future.
He credits former SPA Assistant Principal Matt Simon and teacher Elmer Vigilia with helping him (and other students), during his time at SPA.
Asked what advice he would give to other JCCS students?
“Take pride in your education and take advantage of all the benefits that come with it,” Jose said.
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.
San Pasqual Academy (SPA) is a residential facility and high school campus that provides youth in foster care with a stable, caring home; a quality, individualized education; and preparation for independent living. SPA was created to address the needs of foster youth in San Diego County and is the first residential education campus for foster youth in the nation. The school is helping to change lives and set the community’s foster youth on a path of success.
SDCOE's Juvenile Court and Community Schools program educates nearly 5,000 students each year who are either wards of the court or have been referred by social services, Probation, or one of the county's 42 school districts. Services are provided at more than 20 sites across the county to students who are incarcerated, pregnant or parenting, in foster care, expelled, chronically truant, in drug treatment centers and group homes for neglected or abused children, and experiencing homelessness.
Pictured: Jose with Board of Education President Paulette Donnellon