I became a student at the Ivy Street School after I had a traumatic brain injury in a car accident when I was seventeen. At the school I learned how to cope with the results of my injury and be an independent young woman. There are a lot of people who helped me get to this point, and helped me get a job where I can make a difference in other people’s lives.
I graduated in 2007. I really enjoyed the team sports, particularly basketball. Since graduating I have recently started working on a cruise line called the Odyssey. I am working on getting to my dream job at the aquarium. I have watched the Celtics win the finals against the Lakers, and I plan on watching the Red Sox beat the Yankees again!
Ivy Street has such a beautiful lesson. The lesson at Ivy Street is that we can help people no matter what kind of problems and give them the right future.
At Ivy Street, all of those skills that they teach really sink in after a while if you really put your mind to it.
I can see now that recovering from a brain injury is very challenging, and at times seems impossible. It took a lot of hard work and understanding, by my doctors, parents, school, and most importantly, myself. I feel as though I have earned a gold medal in brain injury recovery.
I have had several jobs. First I worked at the MAB kiosk selling socks and pillows and jewelry. Now I help out at Les Petits Nursery School. I love working with children.
The school has changed my life because I wanted to be the person who would end up going to college, not someone who would be around the streets doing nothing. The people here helped me learn how to achieve my goals and figure out how to achieve them in different ways.
The Ivy Street School was the first place in which I felt truly supported. I learned how to do the right thing in different situations. I learned to take the advice of the staff and have patience with myself.
Boston is fortunate to have outstanding organizations such as yours providing critical services to residents … thank you for your commitment to strengthening our community.
- Former Mayor Thomas M. Menino
The kids in Ivy Street School are just like me. I’m not saying that they have all the same challenges, I’m saying they’re like me in the way that I need assistance in what I’m doing.
Ivy Street School
200 Ivy Street
Brookline, MA 02446