By Cassie MacDonell
Local Journalism Initiative
Teachers can make positive differences in students’ lives, and parent Janet Kirouac Mclellan wants educators to know that. “Katherine (graduated) with all her obstacles before her, she never complained, she never missed school, and this is all because I had the best help ever,” she said.
Katherine, Kirouac Mclellan’s daughter, graduated from Alexander Galt Regional High School on Saturday, despite the challenges she had faced throughout her school career. In Grade 1, she was diagnosed with a type of unseen epilepsy, where she experienced episodes approximately 50 to 75 times a day. Later, she was diagnosed with ADHD and severe dyslexia. These conditions made learning English hard, and learning French even harder. Despite this, Katherine worked hard and kept a positive attitude. She will now go on to attend Champlain College.
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