Kids Love Learning From Zackery

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Image caption: Zackery Maule and his mother, Annette. Photo courtesy of JA of Dallas.

When Zackery Maule was chosen to be the High School Hero for Junior Achievement of Dallas and to represent Vines High School, of Plano, Texas his mother Annette was beaming with pride. What she didn't expect was that this experience would help her son set his future goals and inspire her to get involved. This story was submitted by Katie Bourland, development coordinator for Junior Achievement of Dallas.

"When Zack would get into the car after his days at his JA school, he was just beaming and more excited than I have ever seen him," said Annette. "He talked non-stop about the kids, their questions and what they were learning."

The kids loved learning from Zack. "One day he had an epiphany, he climbed into the car and told me he wanted to be a teacher and help make learning exciting and easier," said Annette.

Zack struggled in school because he is dyslexic, but through JA's High School Hero program, he realized that he had learning experiences that could help others find their paths. "This program has given Zackery inspiration and confidence for his own life like no other experience in high school," added Annette.

And Zackery, without even realizing it, inspired his mother too. Annette volunteered for JA's program at Haggard Middle School."When I am in the classroom with the kids, I am so energized because they are completely involved and asking questions," said Annette.

"This program exposes them to so much and helps them realize new things that are out there. It is incredible and I wish every student would have the opportunity to experience it."

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