When Yeshia Brooks began her tour of the Department of Adult Education in Buffalo (BPS), she wondered if she could complete it or not. What kept him on the path to success was the promise to one of his sons, support along the way and strong faith in God.
Going back to school was “the longest year and a half of my life,” she said. “Sometimes I wanted to give up, but my team (of instructors and counselors) along with my family and friends explained to me that this was not possible.”
This is the type of student who, according to Amanda Wellake, head of the BPS department, serves as a model for the adult education sector. “We are so proud of all his achievements. Hard work pays off, and he does not give up. We understand how this can inspire other students. ”
When Yeshia first started night classes, she was a full-time student at First University. Eventually, he moved to correspondence so that he could focus on his studies and achieve his academic and career goals. One month after completing her preparatory classes, she received her high school diploma (HSE). She also enrolled at the Buffalo School of Cosmetology in the Division, and after graduating, received a temporary state license from New York. Because of COVID limitations, the NYS does not offer the practical part of the exam until further notice.
This does not prevent him from pursuing a future strategy. Although COVID has delayed many events, Ieshia is developing plans to open a wig and salon shop with a focus on people suffering from alopecia and cancer. She convinces her cosmetology teacher, Daniel Mott, to see in herself things she didn’t know existed, such as becoming an entrepreneur.
Ieshia is grateful to all her instructors and counselors in the adult education sector. “Surround yourself with positive people and you get positive results.” She also singled out BPS instructor in adult education, Lisa Dainer, and recalled: “She often said that if I took two steps forward, she would take four steps to help me.”
Lisa, an HSE teacher who helped Isaiah in math, is grateful in return. She still remembers a phone conversation last summer when the two were talking about life, children, school and dreams. “Until the end, we were both laughing. That moment made me realize that sometimes we need our students as much as we need to. When we hung up the phone, I knew in my heart that this was the woman who would succeed no matter what happened to her. ”
Yeshia is a mother of six: two in college, two in private schools, one in a public school and the other in the Pre-K program. “I bless all children to have a decent life,” he added, “I really believe that a village is needed to raise a child. I want to thank everyone who has played a role in our lives.”
The Buffalo Public Schools Adult Education Department offers free preparatory classes for high school equivalency and English language training. During the resumption of private lessons, various educational and social programs are once again offered. Visit www.UpSkill.org for more information.