Drum roll please…LEAD’s REAL DEAL award recipient is Jamie Galvan.
This commemorative award was created to celebrate the 20th anniversary of LEAD (Learning and Educating About Disabilities) at Cheyenne Mountain High School and to honor a graduating senior who was a member of LEAD’s co-founder and class educator Alan Pocock’s final class.
“Jamie, who has dyslexia, is a vocal advocate for herself and others with learning disabilities,” said Jeanine Charlton, LEAD Coordinator at Cheyenne Mountain High School. “She embodies the mission of educating.”
To be considered for the REAL DEAL award, students needed to demonstrate the skills and strategies learned in LEAD, show a commitment to the mission of LEAD and be a leader beyond the LEAD classroom.
Charlton said Jamie put in extra effort to make sure she was always prepared for presentations the LEAD students gave in Colorado and throughout the country.
“We have put her on the spot more than once knowing she has the knowledge and the poise to present professionally,” Charlton said. “The other students rely on her to be the anchor of the group. I am proud to recognize a young lady whose commitment to LEAD and its mission has been an integral part of the continued success.”
Galvan has made such an impact on LEAD, she is going to volunteer with the LEAD Foundation during her free time at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs next year.
“It’s an honor to receive this recognition from a program that has changed my life,” Galvan said. “LEAD is a great program, and we are striving to make bigger impacts.”