Archive for November, 2013

Meet our Wayfinders!

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

A Wayfinder Schools Interview with Passages student Kiera Satele





WS: What made you decide to enroll in Passages?



KS: I wasn’t doing well in high school. I thought I would do better in a program that I could do at home. I probably wouldn’t have finished high school if I stayed in the public schools because I wouldn’t have been able to do it as a young mom and I don’t like to be around a lot of people. I like having one on one time with my teacher and being able to work at my own pace.  I also like that my teacher comes to my house. That has made my life less stressful in many ways.



WS: What has been your best Passages experience so far?



KS: Getting connected to the Lewiston Career Center. I am currently enrolled in CNA courses and got my driver’s permit. If I didn’t do this program, I wouldn’t have known to go to the career center. I like all of the assignments that I have to do to get my diploma. The core skills are meaningful and help me to set goals for myself.




WS: What are your plans and goals after graduation?



KS: I am going to finish my CNA classes so I can begin working as a CNA. I am hoping to work in a nursing home because I enjoy spending time with older people.



WS: What are your hopes and dreams for your child?



KS: I hope that he is successful in school and in life. I also hope that he is proud of me and that he waits until he is older to become a parent.



WS: What do you like most about being a parent?



KS: Everything!!! I love being a parent. It has helped me to grow up a lot and mature. I now have my priorities straight.



WS: What are the biggest misconceptions about teen parents?


 KS: I feel like many girls around Lewiston are Auburn are getting pregnant because they think it will make their relationship stronger with their partner. I also feel like a lot of people think teen moms can’t be good parents because we are young. I put my child first and make better decisions since my son, MJ, was born.



WS: What have you learned about parenting since being enrolled in Passages?



KS: I learned about the different stages that MJ goes through. I also learned more about bonding with him and that giving him my attention is important for his development. Spending time with him helps him to develop emotionally and physically. The more time you spend with your child, the more he will develop intellectually.



WS: What are the most important life skills you’ve learned in Passages?


KS: I feel like this program helped me to become a young adult and become more independent. I have gotten my drivers permit, which is one of the requirements of the program.  I learned more about budgeting and parenting. Learning all of these skills helped me to be able to move out of my grandmother’s apartment and live on my own with my son’s father.



WS: What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned so far this year?


KS: My favorite core skill has been infant care. I learned a lot of interesting things about MJ. I really liked learning about why bonding with your child is so important. I also learned a lot about MJ’s needs. Things that I needed to know as a parent.



WS: What would you like people to know about the Passages Program?



KS: This program has given me more hope for my future. We work on setting goals. Having goals to work towards has helped me to push myself. If someone has the opportunity to enroll in the Passages Program, I would say, “do it!”



WS: Why are the workshops important?



KS: It gives me a chance to socialize with other teen moms and it is a great chance for MJ to spend time with other kids.



WS: What would you like the world to know about you?



KS: I have grown a lot since I started this program. I have had many successes and I have learned to push myself through frustrating situations.



Fourteen facts about you:



Name: Kiera Satele


Where you were born: Lewiston, Maine


Your favorite color: Purple


Your favorite food: Buffalo strips


Your favorite sound or smell: Fall scented candles


Your favorite hobby: Spending time with my son and his dad. Bringing MJ out to do something fun


Your favorite possession: My son, MJ


Your favorite book, band, quote, song or movie: Freedom Riders


One place you’d like to travel to: Hawaii


Something you’re proud of: How far that I have come


Something new you’d like to try: Making a birdhouse with MJ


Your favorite activity to do with your child: Cooking and sitting on the floor to play with him


Who would play you in a movie: I would like to play Detective Benson in the TV show Law and Order.  


Your favorite spot in Maine: Shopping in Portland and Freeport







Meet our Wayfinders!

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

A Wayfinder Schools interview with Residential Program student Carlos Andrade, Camden Campus, October 2013



WS: What made you decide to come to Wayfinder Schools?


CA: I wasn’t that interested at first.  But it’s another opportunity and it seemed like another nine months of school would benefit me.  So far it’s been a great choice.



WS: What have you enjoyed most about your Wayfinder Schools experience so far?


CA: How fast I’ve connected with staff and how they treat you.  They don’t yell at you if you do something wrong, they talk to you about it. I’ve learned a lot from the way they discipline.


Being here is pretty awesome, I think it’s one of the best choices I’ve made in my life so far.  We do a lot of fun activities along with the learning piece.  I got shown how to open a bank account during class.  It was awesome.


WS: What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned so far this year?


CA: Not all people are the same.


WS: What’s the favorite meal you’ve cooked so far at school and why?


CA: Chicken Caesar Salad. I made the homemade Caesar dressing. It was delicious, and everyone thought the chicken was perfectly cooked and seasoned and it made me feel really good about my cooking.  And a Thai dish. I love Thai food.


WS: How did you decide on your work/internship site?


CA: Initially I was going to work at an antique shop but Emily asked me to check out Seton School, which is actually kind of fantastic.



WS: Tell me about your experiences volunteering or on an ELE.



CA: The rock climbing ELE was great.  I’m terrified of heights but I felt so confident with everyone encouraging me to do something that scared the living heck out of me. I was super happy with myself and super proud.  Another thing like about being here- people don’t push you, they encourage you.


In terms of volunteering, The Camden International Film Festival was exciting. I talked to some of the directors and producers-very intelligent people.


WS: What do you hope to get out of your experience at Wayfinder Schools?


CA: More sense of responsibility-which I’ve been getting.  Staying in touch with staff.  They’ve grown on me and I already consider them family. Staff is so willing to reach out and share their skills with us, which is amazing and compassionate.


WS: What are your hopes and plans for after graduation?


CA: I want to be a teacher, an elementary or middle school history teacher.  I like history and government-all the information you can get. There’s so much I still haven’t absorbed…I want to keep absorbing.



WS: What would you like people to know about Wayfinder Schools?


CA: It’s not the typical high school experience.  It’s most definitely a promising opportunity.  Anyone who has the opportunity to come here should.  This place can change your life dramatically within the first month.  It will make you feel so much better about your life and your future.  It’s not going to be easy though.  It’s very challenging, but a good challenge.



WS: What would you like the world to know about you?



CA: I’m a caring person. I’m a very patient person.  If somebody said they needed help with something, I’m always willing to help. I care a lot about my peers and educators.  I’m goofy, silly, funny, but when I need to be I can be very professional.  I like to bring all these things to my schooling.



Fourteen facts about you:


Your name: Carlos Andrade


Where you were born: Bridgton, ME


Your favorite color: Light green


Your favorite food: Mozzarella sticks


Your favorite sound or smell: The sound of Cliff making his funny noises


Your favorite hobby or thing to do in your spare time: Mess around on the piano


Your favorite possession: My life


Your favorite book, band, quote, song or movie: The Partner, by John Grisham; so suspenseful, so much mystery


One place you’d like to travel to: Greenland


Something you’re proud of: Getting accepted into this school


Something new you’d like to try: Skydiving and paragliding


Who would play you in a movie: I’d like to play myself


Your favorite spot in Maine: Mount Dessert Island (and Popham Beach)


Your favorite superhero: Batman?


Anything else you’d like us to know: I love my family and I miss them-my mom, dad, sisters and my dog, Bella.  I’m very excited for my future.  I’ve been challenging myself a lot & I love Wayfinder.