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Shared Dream

I attended the PTSA meeting at Brackenridge High School in San Antonio, TX last night. It was just what I needed! A young woman fresh out of college explained her role as a college readiness counselor. The principal stressed his desire to start working with their freshment to change their mindsets. They are going to college!  This small group had a great amount of energy. They had a “Shared Dream” and that dream was to encourage, inspire, motivate and utilize all resources to help students enter college.


This is very upsetting.

CBS Miami

MIAMI (CBS4) – CBS4 News has learned a supposedly non-profit, after-school tutoring company, created to help at risk children, is under criminal investigation for allegedly bilking hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Miami Dade School district.

That company, Divine Sports Inc, and its owner, Erika Robinson, are suspected of committing both fraud and identity theft.

And whose identity did they steal?

The identity of the very children they were supposed to be helping.

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Sources familiar with the investigation told CBS4 Investigator Jim DeFede, Divine would take the names of actual students at Miami Central High School, Miami Northwestern High School, and Golden Glades Elementary and then falsely claim to be tutoring them so they could be reimbursed by the district.

Divine was paid up to $70 an hour for each student they allegedly tutored. So far investigators have found dozens of what they are…

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Spread the Dream

I am a teacher. I am a bit disillusioned at this time with students, schools, and a system set up to provide low-income students with educational assistance (SES). Maybe disillusioned isn’t the best word to describe how I feel.

I have a tutoring company with teachers ready to teach, engage, and assess students. It appears that many parents and students don’t want “real” teachers to serve as their tutors. The tutoring is provided FREE to parents. Each school district must set aside federal funds per NCLB to pay for Supplemental Educational Services (SES). Free tutoring isn’t enough, they want more. Many companies provide laptops or cell phones for students to use for online tutoring. Then, the students are allowed to keep the learning tools.

So does this mean the families believe that online tutoring will achieve the greatest educational gains for their child? Or are students convincing their parents to sign up for online tutoring simply because they want a new cell phone or laptop?

The Waldorf Schools,  private schools operating throughout the US ,  do not allow their students to use computers until high school. Austin Waldorf School Administrator Susan Darcy stated, “I feel that introducing technology early is actually cheating children.”( Nov 10, 2011) Hmm, these parents pay over $10,000 a year for tuition and the school doesn’t allow the students to use computers. They believe children should be children and should use their imagination, construct their own knowledge, engage in the arts, and learn to work together.

Closing the achievement gap, transforming low-performing schools, and improving the quality of education for students living in poverty are all phrases we hear repeatedly. Is our government doing enough? Is our government doing too much? Should the system of providing Supplemental Educational Services be changed or eliminated? Maybe parents need to be educated before they select a SES provider for their child. Maybe I’m wrong and online tutoring SES providers are doing a wonderful job of educating their students.

What do you think? Oh, I do have one student signed up for tutoring. I am also marketing again to recruit a few more. I am a teacher and I want to teach. I want to make a difference in the lives of students. I want to Spread the Dream!


I AM A TEACHER. I recently retired (2009) from Dallas ISD where I served 30 years as  a teacher, Instructional Specialist(bilingual/ESL dept) Assistant Principal, and Lead Science Teacher. The position I loved the most was teaching. I missed teaching almost immediately after I separated from work. I GRIEVED the loss of my identity as a teacher. To ease my pain and transition,  I volunteered at my niece’s school 1-2 days a week the semester after I retired.

How badly did I miss teaching? I continued to miss teaching and began to sense a loss of purpose in my life. After much contemplation,  I created my own company, Esperanza Learning Solutions so I could give myself a teaching position. Yes, I want to teach and earn a little extra money at the same time too! My first role is to serve as an educational consultant and offer professional development, mentoring and coaching to local public, private, and charter schools. I specialize in coaching and mentoring rookie teachers and providing individualized small group training. I believe I mastered the art of teaching and want to share that with 1st year teachers.

My other role is as a tutor. I provide tutoring to students in reading, writing and science. I TEACH! My tutoring consists of private tutoring and SES or Supplemental Educational Services. As a private tutor, I work with children in grades PK and up to improve reading and writing skills. It brings such JOY to my heart when a child gets it, when they know they know how to read! It’s magical and motivates me to continue doing what I do.  I love reading and will use my enthusiasm to encourage your child to love reading too!

The SES tutoring is provided to eligible students in low-performing schools at no cost to the parents. Eligible students are students receiving free or reduced lunch. The local school district pays for my services. I have a small group of extremely talented teachers ready to provide tutoring from early reading to high school physics. Currently, I have contracts to serve Dallas ISD and San Antonio ISD. We’ve hit a few speed bumps but it has been a wonderful learning experience. I have so much to learn about marketing. However,  I will persevere and slowly grow and nurture my company building my client base one student at a time.

I have learned a lot about myself as I started this new venture.  I’ll be sharing that in future posts. I am a teacher and I will keep learning, living and teaching!

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