A creative mind at play
Whether inside or outside the classroom, 8th grader Mac's inquisitive personality shines.
Expressing his creativity is what defines Mac and what drew him to Austin Achieve. "It was a new school I wanted to try out," he says. My favorite class is art. I love it so much, because I get to be creative. The teachers push me, then I get a little break, and then they push me some more."
Art teacher Lace Garcia has gently "pushed" Mac and witnessed the blossoming of his creative side. "Mac is one of those students whose creative development has been impressive to watch and be part of-from seeing him pick up a guitar for the first time to convincing him of the importance of inking his comics to take them to the next level. He keeps a teacher hopeful and excited."
Austin Achieve's fresh approach to education includes plenty of fresh air, a key attraction for Mac. "My favorite thing about Austin Achieve," he says, "is all the time we get to spend outdoors." An hour of physical education is held outside daily. Some of the faculty members sometimes teach outdoors, as well, including interactive science labs and hands-on activities.
Austin Achieve values a student's creative mind and encourages creative thinking in and out of the classroom. Teacher Garcia points to Mac as a student who has taken advantage of and even become a student leader in the school's arts programs, including music. "My favorite after-school activity is Guitar Club, because I can play my emotions," says Mac, "and I've always wanted to be able to play an instrument."
This emerging Renaissance man has plenty of natural talent and an insatiable thirst for knowledge. And though only 13, Mac has his eyes set on the future and all the potential it holds. "I want to be an actor, because when you're an actor, you can be anything."