Immeasurable Impact

Advisor & Program Coordinator

Jackie Trejo

Over the summer, when I was preparing our Study Hall classroom for the return to school, Maritza* asked if she could stay and help me. Grateful for her assistance, I didn’t realize until afterwards, when replaying our conversation in my mind, how essential my presence was in helping Maritza feel safe and confident about starting high school.  She had questions about how much homework to expect and where 9th graders sit at lunch.  Knowing the ins and outs of Hamilton as a former student and current staff member, I could see how my answers reassured her, and I knew that being her advisor would ease her anxiety about the transition.  Being there for her mattered.

*Student name has been changed in the interest of privacy.