My daughter participated in the Medical Sciences Academy in her tenure at Esperanza High School. It was a fantastic hands-on experience and glimpse into the world of health professions. She enjoyed having the clinical experiences that accompanied her other academics. I saw it develop her personality, passion and confidence in this field. Mrs. Easton is a one-of-a-kind mentor and has been instrumental in not only exposing these young people to the medical field, but also teaching them how to be professionals both at school and in the workplace. I initially thought the Academy might not be a right fit for my college-bound daughter pursuing all of her AP classes and other activities, but it turned out to be a perfect compliment. It also allowed her to participate as a young professional in HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America), giving her additional experience in planning, implementing a project and public speaking. My daughter is now at UCLA studying Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology considering a pathway to become a physician. Her participation in the Medical Science Academy at Esperanza was instrumental in this decision.
EHS Parent of Sophia Luzzi-Class of 2016
I joined the Medical Academy at Esperanza High School because I always knew that something in the medical field interested me. This program greatly influenced me as a person and a future health care provider. Familiarity with the basic skills and terms gave me a huge advantage when entering nursing school. I also think that being in classes dedicated to a certain field of study was extremely helpful for my personal growth throughout my high school years- it kept me motivated, as I had a goal that I was striving for in ultimately becoming a nurse. This program also helped me grow professionally: giving me the tools and training I needed to succeed, like composing a resume and interview skills. I could not talk about this amazing program without mentioning Mrs. Easton. She is the perfect person to be teaching these students. She not only taught the content, but she helped me succeed. She saw me, called out the potential she saw in me, and pushed me to strive toward a career goal. She instilled in me the confidence that I needed to succeed through nursing school. I am now graduating from Azusa Pacific University with my Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing, and I have Esperanza’s Medical Academy and Mrs. Easton to thank for the great honor of becoming a nurse!
Heather Christensen (Prahl)
EHS Class of 2012