Jessica Maynard is an accomplished
young woman. At an early age, she was diagnosed with autism. As Jessica
was entering middle school, her parents realized that public school
could not continue to support her growth as a student.
the 6th grade, Jessica became a student of Jordan Lake School of the
Arts (JLSA) in Apex, NC, and she was the first student to graduate from
the K-12 program.
She described the experience as,
"[It's] a community that comes together with the freedom to learn the
skills that will help them as adults." This experience encouraged
Jessica's aspirations to become an elementary school teacher.
she participates in the Horizon Program at JLSA while she attends
Central Carolina Community College. The Horizon program teaches life
skills and includes an internship opportunity.
At Jessica’s internship, she assists the elementary students at JLSA with reading and writing. Since Jessica has been interning at the school, she has become a role model and a leader to the students.