June 9, 2019 | Abby Liu
For several years, Maya has been interested in the Notre Dame School for the soccer program and the beautiful, inclusive community. So it’s with great joy that she announces that she’ll be a freshman there in the fall.
Maya’s always been a leader and often takes on a leadership role in group projects. She’s learned that leadership requires listening to others. She remembers being a fourth grade student working with fifth graders. At first she felt scared to be working with older students. Instead of stepping forward to lead, she took a back seat. It turned out to be a huge growth experience. She found that by being quiet and listening to the ideas of others, she was more open to new possibilities. Now when she leads, she listens carefully and considers the ideas of everyone in the group.
Serving others is another way that Maya leads. Every Tuesday and Thursday, Maya joins the preschool for a while as a student intern.
During her time at MSS, Maya has transformed from a student who lacked confidence in writing to a strong writer. Ms. McCallihan, her fourth grade teacher, encouraged Maya to work hard on her writing. Go through the editing process. And improve with each draft. Maya’s grateful for Ms. McCallihan’s care, enthusiasm, and all the ways that Ms. McCallihan has made her a stronger writer.
Looking ahead, Maya’s excited for the language arts and math classes at Notre Dame. She plans to join the drama club and as many choral groups as possible. Maya will miss all of the musical opportunities that she’s had at Mustard Seed School. And the people, of course! But she feels ready for high school and excited for what’s ahead.