Local Girl Scout earns Gold Award
Ambassador Girl Scout Sarah JoAnne Munson of New Territory (Rainbow Stars Service Unit-Troop 721) completed her Girl Scout Gold Award – the highest achievement a Girl Scout can earn. .
The goal of Sarah Munson’s project was to raise awareness of Dyslexia among future teachers and administrators. Because Sarah is a dyslexic, she wanted to share her experience in order to help others learn from what she had experienced in the classroom environment. To accomplish this, Sarah enlisted the help of several Dyslexic and ADHD students who attend The Briarwood School in Houston to form a panel to make a presentation about their classroom experiences and the challenges they have overcome to succeed in the academic environment. The presentations were made to classes at the University of St. Thomas and at Houston Baptist University.
After presenting a short film that explained the physiological reasons for Dyslexia and how some famous people have overcome their Learning Differences, the panel and Sarah did their presentation and answered questions from the students and professors. Based on the feedback from the professors and teachers, the participants were made aware of the issue and some of them responded that they now had examples of how to help their students with Learning Differences in the classroom. The professors have asked Sarah and the panel to do the same presentation next year to additional classes.
Sarah Munson said, “Together my panel succeeded by learning that we are not alone and that while we may take different paths in learning, we can overcome our perceived limitations. I hope that at least one student who is struggling in the classroom and one of the educators who heard my presentation will connect and help that student learn their strengths and improve their self-esteem”
Sarah JoAnne Munson is a Junior at The Briarwood School and is the daughter of Paula and Thomas Munson.
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