I always loved going back to school. Ok, I admit, that probably says something about me, but it also speaks to the quality of the educational environments that I experienced in Tacoma. SOTA in particular ignited excitement in me - seeing my friends, being downtown, heading to camp, learning in a way that required creative thinking and problem solving – I loved my high school. I’m thankful that I learned how to be part of a community that celebrates differences without using them as an excuse to divide us, a community that believes that everyone deserves the same, high quality educational experiences, not just the lucky few.
I'm proud to be a SOTA alum, and I'm excited about all the ways that innovative education is spreading through Elements of Education Partners, in collaboration with Tacoma Public Schools. As we open IDEA and get ready for the new year at SOTA and SAMI, I think about the 1,200 students at the schools and how we can pass the legacy of creative thinking and problem solving to them. I hope they cherish this education, and they see the ways they can use their education to love and serve their family, neighbors, community, and world.
Thank you for your partnership. Through your gifts of time, money, and support, we’re able to serve more students and bring innovative education to an ever-widening circle.
Elizabeth Hirschl ’06 SOTA
Director of Development
Elements of Education