Blake Harwell, AVID Tutor and Senior at San Diego State University
Last week, President Obama took to the podium in a joint session of Congress to update the American people on where the United States stands. His very first words exclaimed, “Today in America, a teacher spent extra time with a student who needed it and did her job to lift America’s graduation rate to its highest level in three decades.” The president touched on a very important cornerstone within the field of education. For students to be successful, they need to learn in an environment where they can be effectively supported and challenged. Over the past 12 years, I have had the privilege to see how AVID creates that foundation of support as an AVID student, as an AVID tutor, and now, as part of the newly formed AVID Alumni Association.