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Though shy, Tatyana is a bright and funny 9 year old girl in 4th grade at Mott Haven Academy. You wouldn’t know it, but she has been through a lot in her short life.

 

Her favorite subjects are reading, writing, recess and movement. Ms. Greenwald and Ms. Jackson are her favorite teachers because they are “so nice and help me learn.”

 

Tatyana knows what thankfulness means. In our conversation with her while filming this clip, she let us know that she’s thankful for many things, great and small. She is thankful for The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, the chance to grow up with her 5 siblings (biological and adopted) and her teachers for taking her on field trips to the pizza shop and teaching her multiplication (because it’s important to know).

 

Tatyana has a very mature sense that her time at Haven Academy has been special and that she has people looking out for her. She’s so appreciative of those who’ve been there for her, that she told us, “I wanna be a social worker, so I can help people, the way Ms. Judy (her social worker) helped me.” 

 

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