We Believe in Our Future

Originally posted February 3, 2017

I’ve been feeling like what we are doing is so small.   It feels insignificant when put in the face of what is happening in our country and our world.  So much is changing, so quickly, and it’s hard to know what is real, what is contrived and what to believe.  I have been reluctant to speak out and unsure of what to say.  Our school is not about politics, right and wrong or which side of the fence you are on.  It is about creating something better, it is about a method of inclusive education to benefit our children.  It is about believing in the competence and potential of every child and believing in our collective future.  

Instead of taking a political stance I would like  to take the time to share what we believe at UP Academy.  We believe we can create a world of compassion and collaboration.  We believe that all children deserve the chance to reach their potential, to excel at their strengths and to be given the support to succeed in their areas of weakness and challenge.  We believe that kids all want the same things, to be seen, to be understood, to be heard, to play, to learn and to grow.  We believe children are smart, capable, and curious - that no matter their ability, they are limitless.  We believe the color of your skin, your abilities, your religion, your family structure are personal and insignificant when compared with the potential that lies within.  


We believe in goodness.  We believe in magic.  We believe in our future.

The one small thing we are doing, building a school where empathy is a core value alongside innovation and strength, is not small.  It will expose our humanity and allow us to create and grow together for the larger benefit of our collective future.  We are working to change the world for millions of children with disabilities alongside their peers.  It is not small. We refuse to be seen as insignificant and we refuse to be marginalized and forgotten.  We will be a place where every child achieves.  

Amid all the noise of the news, we will continue to work to open our unique school.  We will always believe in the potential of our students.  We will always believe in the goodness and magic of our future.

Tanya Sheckley