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Testimonials

One student’s story of life after Gordon Bernell Charter School.
 
Greta,
              I just wanted to give you and everyone an Update as it is coming up on three years since our paths crossed. It is truly amazing how quickly life can turn around for us and it definitely did for me. I was arrested three years ago August 21, 2011 for probation violation and really had given up hope for a successful life I had once dreamed about as I was addicted to drugs. I had dropped out of high school twenty years before, got my GED, tried college only to drop out again. When I came into contact with your staff, Mr. Pauls and Ms. Tudor, I was a tutor and had always wanted to finish my high school diploma. Everyone said it probably was not possible for me to obtain it while I was there because they were going to fast track my court to see if I was going to go to prison or some alternative. Fortunately, your staff, Mr. Pauls and Ms. Tudor believed in me and pushed me to work day and night to complete the work and with a little help from yourself allowing me to test out I achieved a goal and whipped away the life long regret I had for dropping out of school. I was sentenced to a drug rehabilitation program where I was able to build a strong foundation of recovery. While I was there I remembered the stats Mr. Pauls use to give me about recidivism and how people who had high school diplomas and college degrees generally had a better chance at success. So while in the final stages of rehab I decided to return to college to obtain my degree. I would have never guessed I would be where I am today. I made a promise to Mr. Pauls he would never see me come back through the jail unless it was to share my testimony. I am proud to say Mr. Pauls and the rest of the staff that helped me that today I am a business professional with the title Director of Asphalt Services for an engineering firm in Dallas, coming up on three years clean and sober, getting married, got joint custody of my son back, own two homes and maybe most importantly graduate college this fall! I love each and every one of you for believing in me when I didn’t believe in myself. They say a picture can speak a thousand words, so I will leave you with the one you may recognize three years ago and the one today.
Keep up the good fight you never know the impact you truly have
Bruce Sprackeln