have many memories of the classroom:
Texas Trips and
Funny Money when we weren't children,
but adults with a responsibility
to behave as such; school programs
when we could show our talents to
everyone; individual commendations
at the end of the school year when
we had a chance to see ourselves
as the teachers saw us, and for
a moment we were told why we were
so special. I miss the constant
affirmation of worth that was shown
to me everyday." (Graduated
1995; graduate student)
remember how peaceful
the classroom was and how each
person in the class was cared for
by the teachers." (attended
grateful that the teachers didn't
cut me any slack. Despite
rough times and deep-rooted dislike
I sometimes felt toward their nagging,
I love them and I am grateful for
all their help." (Graduated
at CCL stimulated creativity and
self-awareness. Individuality and
self-expression were encouraged.
I was academically challenged on
an individual level, and not restricted
by a grade placement. Because
of the academic challenge at CCL,
I had my choice of schools and was
well-prepared for advanced placement."
(Graduated 1981; B.S. Biolology/Chemistry/Math;
manager in retail)
teachers are fun and understanding.
I was encouraged when I thought
I couldn't get my work done. Being
able to participate in Texas Trips
and campouts was a real privilege
for me. The school has had a great
significance in my life, and I will
remember it always."(graduated
1987; communications major)
for me meant "The Center".
mean teachers who just taught me
the answers, but how to get them.
School meant standing up for what
I believe in. The unique way that
CCL students learned set us apart
from others. We learned as a group
where each person had a place, where
each person was special."(graduated
1988; college student)
of the teachers asked me about my
religious beliefs. I didn't know
what I believed then.
That question was the beginning
of my new life as I explored
and developed my personal belief
in God." (Graduated 1977;
Ph.D. Instructor in the Navy).
remember Texas Trips and Campouts.
I remember the hundreds of hours
I put into volunteer work. I remember
teachers who helped me know how
to move ahead in the world, how
to work out my problems by talking
about them, and giving
me freedom to express my ideas without
feeling stupid or dumb."
(graduated 1997; nursing major)
are not only teachers, they are
friends. No question I asked
was stupid. An explanation would
always be given another time."
(Graduated 1996; psychology major)
student at the Center for Creative
Living School, I was thought of
as a person, taught as an individual,
and nurtured through
a whole range of experiences."
(Graduated 1995; physics major)
Center School was like a ladder.
I kept climbing up the ladder with
the teachers there to make sure
I didn't fall off." (graduated
1995; communications major)
the 6 years I attended CCL,
I grew tremendously in body, mind
and spirit. I matured
emotionally. Campouts and Texas
Trips provided bonding time with
fellow students. The teachers were
my mentors and my friends."
at the Center was a fun way to learn.
We were able to 'get our hands dirty'
and be involved. I learned many
skills which I use in my classroom.
I learned the value of volunteering
and how important it is to give
back to those who give to you."
(Graduated 1983; Degree in Early
Childhood; Teacher and Child Care