Student uses “tunnel vision” to progress in school and life

September 2, 2021

Matthew Barrera’s life was upended at the young age of 11. His mother died, and then he had to move from Idaho to California to live with his aunt and uncle. His relatives gave him advice that helped him take on a new perspective — look to the future, not to the past, and specifically, focus on what you want to achieve. “A lot of times tunnel vision is good to have to focus and get things done,” Matthew said. Since his move, Matthew excelled at Sequoia Middle School in Fontana Unified School District, earning a 4.0 GPA and joining the school’s Renaissance Program. The love and support of his aunt, uncle and school community helped him push forward, he said. Read more about Matthew in our next edition of EdCal, coming out September 6!

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