Meet Our Wayfinders

Posted on Tuesday January 28, 2014


A Wayfinder Schools Interview

with Cheyanne Penniman


Residential Program Class of 2014

Camden Campus


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

CP: I was bouncing around homes and I was homeless.  I didn’t have a steady environment to live in and I wanted a good family community environment. I’ve never really had that before. And because mainstream school wasn’t really doing it for me. I was failing and not really going.


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


CP: It gave me ambition. It gave me my ambition back to want to succeed and start to believe I can again. And people actually care about you here.  It becomes like your second family.




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




CP: I’ve learned a lot of things.  I’ve learned to let go of the past and move toward the future and kind of adapt to other people’s situations.  I’ve learned to live with people and I’m learning to trust people.




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




CP: I’ve only cooked one meal so far-quesadillas. I’d never tried it before and everyone loved it.  Now I love quesadillas.  There’s an art to it, you have to make it perfect or it will burn.




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




CP: I work at the YMCA childcare. I went to a trade school last year and I worked in the preschool there, but because I had bad grades I wasn’t able to continue with it.  But I really like working with kids. I figured this was my second chance.




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




CP: To generalize all of it-pushing yourself to do things that you don’t want to do at the time. It gives you a feeling a self-worth when you push yourself like that.  For instance, rock climbing. I didn’t want to do it at first- I’m afraid of heights- but I actually tried it a second time!




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




CP: More confidence to pursue things in life, life skills that I have not yet acquired and to actually feel proud of myself and have the people who doubted me feel proud of me, too.




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




CP: My dream has always been to go to college and work with children as a teacher or a social worker or a caseworker.  I want to help children.  I don’t know if I’ll be financially stable and have a place to live by then, but I really want to go to college.




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




CP: That it’s a fantastic opportunity for people who are willing to put the effort in.  You actually have to work to be here –it’s not just like a slide through high school. It will change your life.




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




CP: That even though I’ve had a challenging life I’m capable of great things.




Fourteen facts about you:




Your name: Cheyanne Penniman


Where you were born: Portland


Your favorite color: My birthstone, which is a Peridot


Your favorite food: Italian


Your favorite sound or smell: The smell of Abercrombie & Fitch


Your favorite hobby or thing to do in your spare time: I used to like to write a lot-poetry and songs.  I wrote a memoir and I really like it.


Your favorite possession: My mom’s porcelain doll-it’s irreplaceable.


Your favorite book, band, quote, song or movie: “Live, laugh, love.”


One place you’d like to travel to: I’d like to teleport to Hawaii.


Something you’re proud of: The best thing that has ever happened to me and my greatest accomplishment so far is getting into this school and sticking though it.


Something new you’d like to try: I’ve done a lot of things already, just being here. I just want to try whatever the school has to offer. They make us do a lot of whacky stuff!


Who would play you in a movie: Megan Fox, because I have her thumbs- and she’s attractive!


Your favorite spot in Maine: Portland


Your favorite superhero: Storm


Anything else you’d like us to know: I’m cooler than ice