Students Success is Biggest Reward for Midland Educator

By Camaron Abundes   
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - The A plus credit recovery lab at Lee High School is noticeably quiet some teens here are busy making up a class for others it's their last shot at a diploma.

"It helps a lot. People that think they can't do it. They can do it," Student Orlando Luna, said.

Collegiate Coach Terry Coleman spent more than a decade as a counselor before this position opened up at the start of the school year.

"Some of these children come to me with certain life issues where they just can't fit their life into a traditional school day," Coleman said. "I feel fortunate to be in a position to access those tools and give these kids hope."

Coleman spends her time now tracking down students, sometimes off campus to give them a chance at Midland Independent School District's new option.

"Students who have to spend their time taking care of their parents, their own families," Coleman said.

When Kyle York decided to drop out, Ms. Coleman urged him to try one more option.

"I was behind and I kept falling more and more behind. It's kind of like a domino effect," York, who will graduate this May, said.

M.I.S.D.'s A plus recovery program offers flexible hours like evenings and Saturdays. Some teens can even work from home online.

"Ms. Coleman gave me the chance to do this. She put it in front of me and it was up to me to take it, but she gave me that opportunity," York said.

York, now a new dad, also has a new vision for his life.

"I plan to go to Midland College to study aviation mechanics," York said.

Lee High School Junior Orlando Luna wanted to drop out to support his mother when his father left, now he's working to graduate early and plans to join the military.

"My mom always encouraged me to go to school, because I always brought home good grades," Luna said.

If you are 22 years or younger, call 432-689-1980 for more information about the program.