Short-term objectives to meet long-term goals

By Kaytie Scully

The following were remarks made at the release of “Education Evolving: Maine’s Plan for Putting Learners First” on Jan. 17, 2012, at the Capital Area Technical Center in Augusta.

Kaytie Scully delivers remarks at a podium during the release of Maine's strategic education plan.

Kaytie Scully

I have been a part of Pathways for three years.

Pathways is a standards-based program that allows students to learn in different ways. Pathways allows students to try new things, and it brings us out of our comfort zones.

Every student in Pathways makes a personal learning plan and has learned to set short-term goals so that we can meet our long-term goals.

Some ways we choose to learn are online classes, job shadows, adult education classes, independent study, and there are many more.

Pathways gives students the opportunity to do things that they do not normally have a chance to do. For example, I am taking a Certified Nursing Assistant class through Sumner Adult Education. I am taking this class as a stepping stone to reach my long-term goal.

My long-term goal is to become a pediatric oncologist.

Pathways gives students courage and self-confidence to follow their dreams, and it shows that there is nothing impossible when it comes to learning.

Kaytie Scully is a senior at Sumner Memorial High School in Sullivan.

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