Open House Guests See Reach for Excellence in Action This past Tuesday, July 20, Reach for Excellence welcomed friends of our program to visit our campus. Guests met several Reach for Excellence alumni currently serving as interns during our summer session and where able to ask them questions about their experience in the program and their journey after. Following a brief update by our Executive Director, Karen Dessables, guests were invited to tour classrooms and interact with our teachers and students. We are so grateful to all who [...]
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Chanel Tobias, Cohort 2010 H How did you hear about Reach for Excellence and what inspired you to join the program? My mother heard about RFE from a coworker. She applied because she thought RFE was a good educational opportunity and wanted to surround me with other gifted students. Tell me a little about your family growing up… My family relocated from Buffalo, New York, to Atlanta, Georgia when I was four years old. I grew up in a single parent household with my mom and brother. I had a great childhood, and in between all the [...]
Welcome back, students! Reach for Excellence's Summer Session began yesterday with scholars from Cohort 2021 S, Cohort 2022 T, and Cohort 2023 U. We are so happy to have all the students back on campus forming a community of like-minded young people who are dedicated to academic success.
Andrew Betz How long have you taught with Reach for Excellence? 2021 is my 5th year, possibly 6th. What do you teach? I teach SSAT Math and Board Games Where did you go to school? I went to college at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania How would you describe yourself in middle school? Middle school was my opportunity to indulge in lawn mowing and math. Lots of both. What was your favorite book, music, or movie when you were in middle school? Book - Lord of the Rings, Music - everything Beatles, Movie - Star Wars (I have [...]
Dr. Daniel Chandra, Cohort 2004 B Tell us the story about how you came to Reach for Excellence… I heard about the program through my middle school guidance counselor and was inspired to join by my teachers, who advocated the importance of my high school experience in eventually achieving admission into college. Tell us a little about your family... Both of my parents immigrated from Indonesia. I was lucky to have extremely supportive parents who did not pressure me about my grades but instead encouraged me to explore my interests. What memories from the program stand out [...]
Kandon Fears (Cohort 2018 P) Sworn In as DeKalb County Youth Commissioner Reach for Excellence Alum, Kandon Fears (Cohort 2018 P, DeKalb School of the Arts '22), was recently selected to be a DeKalb County Youth Commissioner. Thirty-two youth from throughout the County were sworn into their positions as Youth Commissioners by the Honorable Asha Jackson, DeKalb County Chief Judge of Superior Court at a recent virtual ceremony. DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond was the featured speaker, stating “you have the power and the influence to transform and improve the quality of life throughout DeKalb County, [...]
Christopher Lembo How long have you taught with Reach for Excellence? I have taught with Reach since this past October. What do you teach? I teach 8th grade Algebra. Where did you go to school? I attended Servite High School in southern California, and then the University of Notre Dame for my undergraduate studies. How would you describe yourself in middle school? In middle school, I was timid and lacked confidence, but I loved to read and play sports. What was your favorite book, music, or movie when you were in middle school? My favorite books in middle school [...]
Summer J. Robinson, Cohort 2011, I Tell us the story about how you came to Reach for Excellence… I believe that Mark Stucker, the high school advisor at my middle school, told my parents about Reach for Excellence. Or they may have heard about RFE from A Better Chance. What memories from the program stand out to you and why? I remember going on a few trips with Reach for Excellence, including going to a science museum in Augusta, GA and going on a field trip in the woods. I also remember volunteering at the Atlanta Food [...]
Kevin Findell How long have you taught with Reach for Excellence? I started at Reach in summer of 2017. What do you teach? English Language Arts Where did you go to school? East Carolina University How would you describe yourself in middle school? I played several team sports (football, basketball, track), so I guess that I was a 'jock' to use a term that shows my age What was your favorite book, music, or movie when you were in middle school? I was into breakdancing, so music related to that was my preference. Tell us about your teaching [...]
Kniasia Fortney, Cohort 2013 K Tell us the story about how you came to Reach for Excellence… I came to Reach for Excellence in 2011 as a rising 7th grader. I was attending a school named ICS (International Community School). ICS wasn't the richest school, but everyone there was like family. When I got the opportunity to join Reach for Excellence I was ecstatic. I knew it was something that would benefit me in the long run. What memories from the program stand out to you and why? I think my favorite memory would definitely have to [...]