Student Profile: Chandler Riley (Savannah, Ga.)

Date: April 19, 2013

We love hearing from our students and want to share comments we received during recent conversations with Chandler Riley from Savannah Ombudsman East.

OES: What brought you to OES?

CR: I was behind in my credits and got into trouble at my district school. The school board recommended that I try Ombudsman.

OES: Many students come to us not knowing what to expect. Is the program different from what you expected?

CR: Yes. I thought it was going to be just like my district school but there are several differences that work better for me. At Ombudsman I can work at my own pace so I have more time to really try to understand things and I am staying on task. Because I can concentrate better I can get my work done faster and the quality has improved.

OES: Any other differences?

CR: I get more one-on-one attention from the teachers. They are able to spend more time with me and they will do anything and everything they can to help us learn. They want us to understand all of our lessons.

OES: What is your favorite subject?

CR: I really like math and social studies. I like social studies because I am really interested in history. I love learning about things that happened before I was born. I like math because I know being good with numbers will be something that will help me for the rest of my life.

OES: In addition to your regular coursework, are there other programs that are valuable to you?

CR: We have pro-social lessons that teach us how to better ourselves. We learn how to fix situations, how to become better people and we are discovering different options for our future. Before Ombudsman I used to be pretty selfish but now I am learning the importance of helping others.

OES: Do you feel like you have changed since you’ve been here?

CR: Yes. I used to slack off in class but I don’t anymore. In the past few months it’s become clear that it is really important that I go to college and I know I can’t do that unless I have good grades. I am trying harder than I did before.

OES: What would you tell one of your peers who is struggling in school about OES?

CR: Ombudsman has a good learning system. There are no distractions and everyone wants to do their work so it motivates you to do better and to concentrate.

OES: What do your parents think about your progress?

CR: My dad is really proud of me…especially my last progress report. He really wants me to make good grades so he was really excited when he saw I was making all A’s.

OES: What do you hope to do after graduation?

CR: I want to go to college, hopefully play football, and also major in design.

OES: What do you want to do with a design degree?

CR: I want to be a shoe designer, especially athletic shoes. I think that would be really fun.

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