If I could change one thing about the schools I’ve attended, it would be to have a lab room...

"In 2nd grade, I knew I was behind in reading. That’s when I was diagnosed with dyslexia. I’ve always thought of my dyslexia as more of an advantage. My mom said that it meant I have an open mind and I’d be good at science.

I left my private school after 2nd grade to attend public school for 3rd - 5th grade. I had 3 different tutors during the day. One teacher ignored everything I had to say and didn’t listen when I had a different way that I wanted to learn new things. By the end of 3rd grade, I was reading at grade level.

My favorite thing about my public school was the after-school Odyssey of the Mind program. My mom was the team leader. One year we had a project to create a mini cliffhanger show about a superhero and I was the side-kick. I liked to build the sets too. Those were some of the best moments of my life because they focused on creative elements instead of being all about school and grades.

It was a lot of fun when my girl scout troop went camping even though it was pouring raining. We had a big fire and got to tell scary stories. I’m also a swimmer. My favorite stroke is the butterfly. It’s one of the hardest strokes.

I like engineering and working with electricity. I have an easy time understanding how positive and negative charges work. When I was little, my Dad and I used to build mini-robots in our basement. My Dad recent got a Tesla coil and we like to mess around with it.

Now I’m back in private school for 6th grade. A few kids in my class are dyslexic and my teachers understand dyslexia.

If I could change one thing about the schools I’ve attended, it would be to have a lab room to build stuff. We could have a creative hour in the day to unwind and use power tools. We could build stuff that required more than just a hammer and screws. We would need lots of tools because that would give more opportunities for kids to build things out of wood….with the proper supervision, of course. I understand that most schools are all about safety now, but at home in my basement, I’m not exactly the most responsible person and I can do more experimenting. It would be great if more kids could do that in school."