Elbow Grease and Ambition drive QISD PRIDE Graduate Rebecca Grasse

The PRIDE Academy is an example of education in a different setting offered to Ford High School students. There are various reasons that students have made a choice to attend the PRIDE Academy. PRIDE offers a way for students to obtain their high school diplomas in a nontraditional format. PRIDE stands for Personal Responsibility In Daily Effort. It takes daily effort for the students to reach their goals while they are attending the PRIDE Academy.

Rebecca Grasse is the most recent graduate of the PRIDE Academy. She is the daughter of James and Jennifer Grasse of Quinlan. She has a strong family support system and credits her mother for being her largest advocate in making sure she finished school ready to pursue her dreams. “Elbow grease and ambition is something that I have continually driven into Rebecca’s head. I was not going to let her give up and instilled in her to find her passion in life. I am proud that she has found that passion in food and cooking,” said mother Jennifer Grasse.

She entered QISD in the 5th grade and overall, school days were never easy for Rebecca. She struggled with learning disabilities derived from a neurological condition called neurofibromatosis (NF) and has ADHD. Neurofibromatosis is a genetic disorder that affects the central nervous system causing soft skin nerve tumors called neurofibromas to grow anywhere in the body. The disorder can impact how the brain processes information to learn. We absorb information through visual, auditory, tactile, and hands-on learning. A person with NF might struggle in one way of learning and flourish with another. Finding which way you learn the best is vital. “Rebecca has a neurofibroma in her brain. Add the fact that she has ADHD, I could not ever put her on medication for ADHD. It wasn’t an option for me to add taking ADHD medication for Rebecca. I feel like she had to learn to adapt and overcome her ADHD to function on her own as she grew older. I am so proud of her for doing just that,” said Grasse. School also did not come easy because other students did not understand her conditions that caused her to process information slower than normal. “To the kids that did not understand me growing up, I want to say, ‘Thank You.’ You made me a stronger person. You did not understand my learning disabilities or condition with NF, but I have overcome that. I survived, and I have plans for my future,” said Rebecca Grasse.

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