January 15, 2017

A Mother’s Journey [Part 36]: The model students

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Giselle Rivera-Flores / For Worcester Sun

Evian, front, and Brooklyn each learn at their own pace ... at the same time ... Trust us, it makes sense the way Giselle tells it.

Editor’s note: Since September 2015, Worcester Sun has chronicled the trials, tribulations and triumphs of Sun contributor Giselle Rivera-Flores as she explores ways to help her daughter and other Worcester families find affordable educational support and assistance. We used to describe her as an aspiring business owner; now, she’s an inspiring one, a full-fledged director of a nonprofit tutoring collaborative that began officially in late January 2016 but has transformed considerably since. During her journey she has, you could say, stepped beyond the walls of her dream.

Giselle Rivera-Flores

January 2016 was a different time in our lives.

It was filled with anxiety and frustration from our experiences with Brooklyn’s education and it was a tipping point for me as an entrepreneur. It was a time that we defined as the beginning of a new lifestyle and now, as we sit smack in the middle of January 2017, we can see how far we have grown as a homeschool family.

When my husband, Jaime, and I made the ultimate decision to withdraw Brooklyn from Worcester Public Schools, we did so with little knowledge of how to implement a homeschool curriculum, structure our day or remain the best versions of ourselves for Brooklyn and our younger daughter, Evian.

It was a critical moment, and while we had no idea what to expect from Brooklyn, or ourselves, we were resolved to never look back.

Read Giselle’s previous chapter, The resolution revolution, or scroll down to explore more of her story


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