It didn’t come easy for LaDrail. He had to struggle and fight for everything that he earned at UPCS. And that’s why I’m so proud of him.
I only had the pleasure to know LaDrail for his Junior and Senior year at UPCS. We started off rocky. ‘Drail wouldn’t turn in work on time, he didn’t respond well to being redirected in class. He got angry and frustrated easily and he showed that frustration to anyone unlucky enough to be within earshot. First impressions go a long way with me and he ‘Drail didn’t have a great one.
Somewhere around the end of his Junior year something changed. He started turning in his work on time and it got better and better. What’s more important, LaDrail started to treat everyone with respect. He started to recognize his frustration and took steps to mitigate it. He started to encourage others to do the same. This continued well into his Senior year. And every day I became more and more impressed with this young man. He truly changed, in front of my eyes, and made all the improvements a teacher wants to see in their students. ‘Drail went from barely passing my class to thriving in it. But, even more important than his grades, his character improved even greater.
LaDrail, I don’t know what the future holds for you. But I’m sure that you have the tools, the drive, and the grit to defeat any challenge that comes your way and make it look easy. Well done LaDrail.