TTUISD provides student time to heal

October 31, 2008

In the spring of 2005, then 12-year-old Payton was injured playing fast pitch softball. That injury began a two-year journey that placed her in the hospital several times and eventually led her family to TTUISD.

Because of her injuries, Payton missed a great deal of school. Payton's mom, Pam, said that in the beginning, Payton's public school teachers were helpful and worked with her to stay caught up. However, as time went on they began to act annoyed at her absences and even penalized some of her grades for lack of attendance.

"Needless to say, we were all unhappy with her injuries and her inability to attend school regularly, but there was nothing we could do about it," Pam said.

In the summer of 2007, the family heard about TTUISD and decided to give it a try; they enrolled Payton in September 2007. Pam said they immediately knew this approach to education was going to be exactly what they needed for Payton. Payton's condition continued to worsen, and in October 2007, she entered the hospital for a month-long stay. At that time, they decided to pull Zane, Payton's 5th grade brother, from public school and enroll him in TTUISD as well.

"We were able to take care of our family in the best way possible and still take care of the educational process for Payton and Zane," Pam said.

Since December 2007, Payton has not been back in the hospital and has been feeling great. Pam said the flexibility of TTUISD has provided Payton with the time to heal and take care of herself without the stress and worry of missing school.

Pam said Zane also loves TTUISD. Zane has had his own struggles in public school due to a hearing impairment, but he now makes better grades than ever before through the one on one instruction that works best for his situation.

"We are so glad that we found you! TTUISD is exactly what our family needed," Pam said. "We love the flexibility of at home learning and we greatly appreciate the support we have received from the teachers and staff of TTUISD!"

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