The student representative on the San Diego County Board of Education in April was Kala, a sophomore at Victoria Community School.
Principal Roberto Carrillo said that Kala is an inquisitive student who is passionate about learning. He added that Kala recently had a baby and maintained exceptional grades throughout her pregnancy and maternity leave.
“Kala is an extraordinary student who goes out of her way to help others in the classroom while completing her assignments,” said Carrillo. “And her quest to learn is contagious.”
She is grateful for the teaching staff at the school, who she says has motivated her to realize the importance of education and inspires her day-by-day to work harder to earn her diploma and be a great mother to her daughter.
“They have taken the time to give me advice and one-on-one help whenever I need help,” Kala said.
Kala wants to complete high school and ultimately attend college and earn a degree in criminal justice administration so she can pursue a career in law enforcement, specifically with the Drug Enforcement Agency.
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.
Victoria Community School works in cooperation with the Sweetwater Union High School District and Episcopal Community Services to provide blended independent study to pregnant and parenting teens in the South Bay area, ages 12 to 17, and their children.
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.