Celebrating Student Achievement
One of our Parent University’families is celebrating an astounding example of student achievement. Shauntae Starks, Terrell Foster, and their blended family of seven are proud to share some great news. Their daughter Shyenne is headed for Brown University with a four-year full scholarship. Their second family, from Parent University, is cheering the good news right along with them. How did it happen? From day one, Shyenne says her parents nurtured a love of learning. She describes her mom as “my biggest driving force to do my best.” Shyenne’s major in college will be mathematics – a passion she followed from elementary school to a college scholarship.
Families Win in Parent University
Shauntae and Terrell’s family joined Parent University in 2015. In fact, they were one of the original members when the Learning Community Center first opened. They had always been involved in their children’s education, but they discovered something new in Parent University – a sense of belonging and friendship in a close community. While they attended parent classes, Shyenne’s younger siblings jumped into early childhood activities. For every Parent University family, early learning is a focus area to build school readiness skills. By then, Shyenne was in middle school so she occupied her center time with homework. Shauntae says the experience was good for the entire family.
” The Learning Community helped us see, achieving your dreams is doable. That’s why education is so crucial in our household. Through the courses I’ve taken at the center, I’ve learned to be more patient and how to advocate without overstepping.”
-Shauntae Starks, Parent University graduate
NEW FAMILIES WELCOME
Just like their sister, the younger children are on a high-achieving path. They love learning and school too! Like most parents, Shauntae and Terrell have faced their share of challenges but they never felt alone. That’s why Shauntae encourages families in northeast Omaha to join Parent University and make the most of early learning and new opportunities.