May 18, 2003
My children have attended this school for 7 years, and with regards to the kids and her involvement, the principal is the best I have seen. She is top-notch. She is motivated. My concerns have all been with the teachers. So many of them actually yell at the kids and undermine their (the kids') effectiveness by making the kids feel bad about themselves--and making them feel like they did not want to be there. I removed one of my kids and put them in private school, because my child (a sensitive child) had become depressed due to this very thing. She thrived at the new school. She went from a teacher that was belittling and yelling at the kids to one who was affirmative and positive. The following year she went back to E.H.E.S.--to a new teacher--with positive results. ***Some of Eustis Heights teachers are awesome, too. Let me not be remiss in mentioning that point. Sadly, some of these excellent teachers, like Ms. Hines and Ms. Brunolds, have left the school. Also, its after-school reading program affected major and wonderful changes with one of my youths. The people involved in that should be commended. This program had the effect of not only teaching my daughter to read well, but the additional bonus of making her want to go to school again. This program is praiseworthy and well worth mentioning. Two years later and she still begs me to schedule appointments outside of school hours; she wants to be in school [and she is an honor student]. A major swing/change seemed to occur this year at Eustis Heights, as well. Instead of emphasis on making good choices [1.) Stop, think, make a good choice. 2.) What are my choices? 3.) Good choice or bad choice? 4.) Do it. 5.) Good job.], the emphasis swung to FCAT FCAT FCAT. We all know why this occurred; however, by implicating making good choices, I believe, made the kids want to do well and formed an accountability amongst the kids themselves to do well. It ingrained in them the philosophy of doing what is right . In the end, I would rather my kids did what was right over doing 'well'.
- submitted by a community member