According to Abby, now a high school senior attending Irvington Preparatory Academy, the teachers’ support extends beyond the classroom.
“I think the teachers give more to their students,” Goebel said. “It’s not just about the lesson of science, it’s about making relationships with them and working in their life outside of school…. They can step in and be there for them…. I can go to them about school or my life or anything or to just joke around with them.”
In addition to the great teachers, Abby says her school has brought her many close friends and a tight knit community.
“You sort of know everyone, especially in your class,” Goebel said. “You know what they like, you know what they don’t like, [and] you know how their life is going, usually.”
The schools offers students many opportunities both in and outside the classroom. From chess to drama and everything in between, Irvington has many clubs students join.
“We don’t have the most amount of money, but the teachers care and you are still getting a good education,” Goebel said. “I can look past what we don’t have because of what we have.”