When a community believes together in the potential of every child to excel, remarkable things can happen. Read the stories of some of the students who we are most proud of.
My name is Russell A. Colmore III. I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at age 6when I was expelled out of the 1st grade and moved into special education. Throughout my elementary years, my mood swings were very intense, and at times violent. 6th grade was bad, I was hospitalized once, and it didn’t help. The 7th grade was better, I was still in spec ed but i was considered popular and liked which boosted my self esteem. 8th Grade I started off in Mukilteo but later moved to a boarding school in Frezno, California. There I was picked on and abused by the older kids daily, all because I was “emotionally immature.” I was there for 6 months and returned just in time to start high school, that did not go well, I was blowing out of classes, skipping school and generally not motivated, I had a poor home life and was ready to end it. That is when I was sent to a long term care facility in Spokane, Washington for 14 months. When I got back I wasn;t quite ready for public school, thus I found Pacific Learning Center Northwest. PLC gave me the confidence to find a greater purpose in life than just myself. Because of them I have gained the skills in responsibility and organization to have employment since age 16. Through there various staff, I felt very supported and knew that if I had a question on anything I could ask. They taught me the skills to maintain my anger and feel empathy for others. Through PLC I have become the man I am today. I am now working and plan to start college come winter quarter to start to get my AA and then hopefully transfer to a university to continue my education in Psychology.