What do you remember most about the Lagunitas School District?

What I remember most about Lagunitas School District is the ability to explore who I am as a learner and how to engage with learning hands-on. I remember being told that it was possible to be both a famous rockstar and a brain surgeon. I was never put into a box of being a math kid, or english kid, but that I was a multifaceted student that had strengths and weakness to build on and grow from. I remember that I built fairy houses in the woods until fifth grade, but also started reading a Jhumpa Lahiri novel in fourth grade. I remember my opinion and voice being respected by adults, and being treated as an equal. I remember that in third and fourth grade my teachers respected that I wanted to be called Madonna instead of Anna. I remember being told that I was important.

How did the Lagunitas School District influence the person who you have become and your interests and goals?

The Lagunitas School District gave me so much confidence to make important decisions about myself without the weight of thinking who I am supposed to be, and what I “should” be doing. I have been given so much agency by the education I received to seek out what I find interesting, and create for myself the things I can’t find. Learning how to create relationships with my teachers has improved my education and happiness exponentially. I am truly in love with learning, and that is something that was instilled in me through the Lagunitas School District.

What activities are you or were you involved with in the San Geronimo Valley and surrounding communities during your years in the Lagunitas School District and in high school. Volunteer activities, school activities, sports, jobs, internships etc.

While at Lagunitas, I participated in the local Youth Court, which focused on restorative justice and self improvement. In eighth grade I helped create the Youth Internship program at the Lagunitas Middle School that I believe is still running today. My freshman year at Drake High School was really difficult, so I wasn’t able to engage with the community at all, but during my sophomore year I attended Tamiscal High School as an independent study student. While enrolled in the independent study program at Tamiscal I was given the opportunity to participate in numerous internships such as; working at Marin General Hospital, volunteering as student aide for Hidden Valley Elementary School, interning with a local environmental media group called Earthscope. In my junior and senior year of highschool I worked at the Marin County District Attorney’s Office, and an organization called Ambassadors of Hope and Opportunity that was looking at ways to combat youth homelessness in Marin County. I also tutored Lagunitas Middle School students through the VAST program, and worked as a nanny for three children.

What special awards and honors have you earned and been given?

In high school I was given and award for exemplary work in Advanced Placement Writing and Composition, and in Government and Economics. I was also given recognition for my academic and community accomplishments through the Comcast Leadership Program.

If you are a high school graduate what have you been up to since high school, where are you now, what are your plans? If at college where are you and what are you studying?

Currently I am a freshman at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York. Sarah Lawrence works sort of similarly to the education I received within the Lagunitas School District. There are no majors here, so students are able to hand craft the degree they want based on their interests, and each class has 10-25 students. I am currently taking seminars on Islam, International Relations and Global Inequalities. Next semester I am hoping to take an architecture seminar and a biochemistry lecture.