Struggles to Success

By Gabriela Madrid  |   From : Miami, Florida  |   School : Everglades High School

Hi, my name is Gaby. I was born in Miami, FL, on August 11th, 2006. Today I’m 15 years old and a sophomore at Everglades high school.

Although I was born in the United States, I have encountered disadvantages such as bullying, luckily for me it was only verbally. It was two girls in my class and they would make fun of the way I talked and anything in general, and if I’m being honest I didn’t care what those girls had to say, what affected me more was when it came from a teacher, I don’t remember her name but I do remember a lot that she would do. She would always get me in trouble even though I didn’t do anything, she would make me stand up in front of the class and talk knowing I didn’t know much English (backstory: I went to an elementary that did NOT teach me English so I had tutors and was still struggling with English). One day, she asked for a parent teacher conference. I was in ballet when it was happening and by the time ballet had ended I was waiting for my mom and when I saw her was crying and said, “let’s go.” At the time I didn’t understand what had happened. We moved somewhere else, I started a new life with new friends and new teachers. About a year ago, I had remembered the incident and I decided to ask my mom what happened, she told me that she was crying because my teacher had said horrible stuff about me, asking if I had a mental disability and why I did not know how to do these math problems. I was shocked and I didn’t know what to say. She also told me that she went to the principal’s office and told her what she had said about me, and all that teacher had to say is that she would never say that about me and that she has been teacher for 28 years. Of course, the principal believed my mom because my mom told her, “Why would I be here if I was lying, I have a job, I wouldn’t be wasting my time like this,” sadly they couldn’t do anything about it because we had no proof.

Even though this happened years ago, I am doing good now. I have the best friends I could ever ask for, a supportive family, and of course I am most thankful for my mom, for everything she has done for me and always being there when I needed her.

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