I Always Knew I Could…Bayhill High School Success Stories – Zoya

Welcome to I Always Knew I Could…, a monthly blog series featuring a Bayhill graduate. This month we would like to share the story of Zoya Sanford, a 2017 graduate who is now attending Beacon College in Florida.

Why did you decide to come to Bayhill for high school?

Before I came to Bayhill, I had a hard time in school. Teachers only taught one way and expected everyone to understand and do the work without help. I have ADHD and dyslexia so  it would take me a lot longer, and I didn’t always get things the first time. I was embarrassed to ask for help.

What did you like about Bayhill?

When I came to Bayhill everyone had a learning difference. I felt welcome at Bayhill. The teachers knew how to teach to someone with dyslexia and ADHD. They would prompt me to pay attention without getting mad at me. They repeated directions or information to make sure I could get it. My teachers were supportive and encouraging, and I was able to develop good relationships with them. I felt close to them and I could trust them. I always felt comfortable asking for help.

Do you think Bayhill students get a typical high school experience?

Bayhill felt like a high school. Everyone socialized together. We had sport teams, clubs, and dances. Bayhill is small private school, but you get to do everything a bigger high school does.

What is next for you?

When it was time to think about college, Ms. Brown and Ms. Field told me about Beacon College. It’s a lot like Bayhill so I feel confident I can be successful. I’m not sure what I want to major in, but I know I don’t want to sit at a desk. I want to move around. Maybe be a teacher.

Do you have any advice for our current Bayhill students?

Get your work done right away! Don’t wait until the last minute. Do a little bit every day and stay up with your assignments.

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