DM: What has been the most memorable or fulfilling moment you’ve had with the organization?
KW: It’s a couple of things. We’re going to be opening a chapter in Raleigh in the fall – we have 200 students enrolled this year. I knew we would do well, but I didn’t realize that I was going to have to double the program size from year one to year two, and then double it again from year two to year three in order to keep up with the demand.
And then just on a personal level, those single students who entered the program when they were in third grade in their first year and kindergarten in the first year, who were the kids who I thought wouldn’t make it, or the kids who, at first, had the biggest behavior problems and some of the biggest attention and focus problems, and those kids are now some of our best students. They are the kids who are going to Durham School of the Arts. They are the kids who are ready to sign up to play two instruments. We’ve moved from closing the gap to having to create talented and gifted programs for them because they’re past the other kids, they’ve moved past the standard of what is expected of them, so now they need AIG programs, they need higher levels of challenge.
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