Central Bucks West English teacher serves as role model for students

Today’s generation is growing up different from all before it – or so all adults say.

Adults are so quick to say they can’t imagine what it’s like to grow up with the technology we’re exposed to, the social media ideology we have to conform to, and the way technology has affected our relationships and our minds. health. Yet few people take action to help young people navigate this life.

Teenagers have always struggled, given the changes we are going through internally and externally. On top of that we had the pandemic, which isolated everyone from each other.

I experience all these changes with my peers. I’ve had my share of struggles throughout my life, but it takes a certain person to recognize you and be there for you.

I met my mentor when I was a sophomore in high school, the fall before COVID hit. Jeanine Waldron was my English and creative writing teacher that year, and she saw in me something I hadn’t seen in myself before.

She became a confidante and a role model in my life. When school went online I was halfway through my writing class and she went above and beyond to make up for her absence from class. The stories and poems I wrote became personal about my issues and struggles, and she was a listener and a friend and guide. Waldron met me in Teams during his breaks and was someone to listen to when the pandemic made me feel so alone.

She was someone who would listen and never make any of my problems silly, no matter how bad.

Not only did she give me life advice and listen to me, but she intervened in my life and helped support me. Last winter, one of my colleges needed a form filled out about a situation in my life that she witnessed. She wrote down what she knew about the situation and was a supportive element for me, confirming and verifying my college status and giving me a better chance of being accepted. She made sure I had the best possible chance of getting into college.

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She didn’t have to, but she’s someone who always goes above and beyond not only for me but for many other students.

Ms. Waldron’s job doesn’t require her to spend her free time supporting her students and making sure they are well, but that’s the kind of person she is. She is an activist and a trustworthy person.

We need more community members willing to take a stand and be more than the bare minimum. It’s not just for teens going through change, but for anyone who needs help.

People are quick to say that what young people are going through today is so difficult, but few of them will step forward to offload a load or just be a person to listen to and get involved. make sure they know they are heard and they are not. alone in this world.

It’s easy to say change needs to be made, but people need to help make the change.

We need to become a better future and a better support system, just like Jeanine Waldron was for me.

Elizabeth Russell

Elizabeth Russell graduated this month from Central Bucks High School West in Doylestown. She’s heading to Penn State’s main campus this fall.

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