Below is an excerpt from a column written by EAGLE College Prep Maryvale Principal Yesenia Fitzhugh and published by the Arizona Capitol Times on April 19, 2019.

When I think about Maryvale, I think about family and celebration. I think of home, and the generations of families who have lived here, grown up here, and returned to serve our community. I am one of those. Now I’m living out my passion to see our next generation reach their full potential through access to high quality education…

We want to continue the good work we are doing, and we want to become even better. The state is considering a new funding proposal that would reward schools like ours that have worked extremely hard, especially in challenging environments, to provide a high-quality education for students, and who are on the verge of reaching an ‘A’ school grade. If we were given access to this additional funding, called “results-based funding,” we would be able to further invest in a personalized learning experience for our students by creating more robust intervention groups. These could include more staffing for smaller student group sizes, more curriculum options for specific gaps, and more variety in reading materials and resources. Every student is unique and those at our school would benefit from the additional supports.

Maryvale is a vibrant community and I am just one example of many who have grown up here and returned to invest in the next generation of learners and leaders in our community.