LETTER: Cavs have reason to be proud of school

Mar. 18, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

To the Editor:

As a Southern Lee High School parent, I have noticed significant changes at the school over the last seven years. Some of these changes have been subtle, such as an increase in school pride, while other changes are more concrete, such as Southern Lee’s incredible success at the recent state DECA competition.

The time my recent 2013 graduate spent at Southern Lee High School prepared her to excel at Purdue University with a 4.0 GPA — against other students not only from across the country, but from around the world. Her Advanced Placement classes enabled her to earn 16 credit hours prior to starting her first class at the university.

My family is currently hosting an exchange student from Finland, a country internationally recognized for having one of the best  educational systems in the world. Our exchange student has remarked a number of times that her teachers at Southern Lee High School are hands down better than the ones she had back home. She is impressed that her Southern Lee teachers continuously strive to help their students succeed both inside and outside the classroom, a level of dedication that is not expected from Finnish school teachers.

Two of my children had the privilege of attending Southern Lee High School last year, and another two are attending the school this year.

I would have to rate all of the teachers that instructed my children over the course of the last two years as excellent. I would go as far as to say that my children wouldn’t have been able to get better instruction anywhere else, even considering an expensive private school!

My family recently was planning a move to the Northern Virginia area but decided instead to stay in Sanford. One of the deciding factors to stay was the quality of education that can be found at San Lee Middle and Southern Lee High Schools. Thank you to the administration, staff,  coaches, athletic booster club, involved parents, and most especially, awesome teachers that make these schools great!

Cav Pride, you know!

Andrea Bowers