Hello, intensely diverse and ever-expanding universe. I am Micaela Canales, extending a firm handshake and big smile. I am currently a high school senior in the Houston area. My goal here is to introduce myself to our readers and offer insight as to my background, which will frame my future blog posts.
I have been surrounded by educational chatter since I was in diapers, with opinions from my varied and various family members in the business of education. Common conversation themes around my house include professional development, diminishing school budget, and funny stories from the classroom. As I have grown up and been encouraged, I have found my own voice in the educational mix, the voice of a student.
I was born and raised in Texas and have attended public elementary and middle schools. I am currently attending a public high school. Unique, though, to most other high schools around the country, my high school is a small, personal, service-learning based magnet school with around 300 students. Formerly known as Quest High School, we have recently begun developing into Quest Early College High School, and the reform process has been difficult and time-consuming, but mostly rewarding.
At my school, I have edited our school paper since my freshman year, and I currently participate in various clubs. One such club is the service group, Interact Club, which is Rotary Internationalâ€™s youth branch. From my experience in school and the stories from my family in education, I am forming my ideas and view of public and private education in America.
U.S. education has been a beautifully engineered system, but similar to all living things; it is a constantly changing being with room to improve and challenges to conquer. However, I feel the struggles currently faced in education are not insurmountable by the involved and dedicated educators of today. That is why, among everything I shared about myself above, I would mostly describe myself as excited.
I am excited for the possibilities within our reach, for the future of education, and for the posts on this blog. That is because this blog is a powerful conversation tool for sharing ideas, and is proof that education is evolving to meet its new challenges. As a student voice, I am excited not only to share my take on education, but the ideas and opinions of my peers.
I will do my best to make this an honest and effective forum, so letâ€™s get the conversation started! Stay tuned for my new posts!