Jalen believes in herself, thanks to Louisiana Scholarship Program
Jalen Robinson is the picture of a happy and successful 12-year-old. She is one of the top students in her seventh grade class at Good Shepherd School in New Orleans, where she loves participating in the school’s music program.
But just four years earlier a far different story was unfolding for Jalen. She had just enrolled in a new public school after her family moved into a new district.
From the first day at her new school, everything went downhill. “I started failing,” remembers Jalen. The low point came when the school suggested that she begin receiving special education services.
“Am I that dumb,” Jalen wondered. “I can’t learn anything. What’s wrong with me.”
Jalen’s mother, Krystal Warner, realized there wasn’t anything wrong with her daughter. It was the school.
“No, she’s not going into special ed, absolutely not. It was time for us to go,” Warner decided.
A co-worker told Warner about the Louisiana Scholarship Program and Good Shepherd School. Jalen, along with her brother and sister, received scholarships three years ago.
“Since coming to Good Shepherd, I have been encouraged to believe in myself and in my ability to do the work required of me so my grades have improved,” says Jalen. “I have grown as a person and I love Good Shepherd with all my heart. Thank you for making it possible for me to get a great education and believe in myself.”