We’ve Come so Far!

What a year! Triumph Transitions Institute has met so many milestones this year. When we look back at where we started to where we are now, it’s simply amazing.

We started the 2013-2014 school year with one student, little funding and provisionally accredited. This year we increased our enrollment to 5 students, doubled the amount of community support, have been recommended for FULL accreditation for the 2015-2016 school year, graduated our first student, raised enough money to complete this school year, have a donor who has donated $3,000.00 for the upcoming school (2015-2016) that will be matched by Home Depot (that’s $6,000- almost the amount for 1 full tuition for next year), and is now in a position to apply for SB10 funding. WoW!

We are humbled!

The above is enough to be humbled by, but we are most proud of our students. They have worked so hard and have come from such a long way both academically and socially. Some had self-esteem issues on top of academic weaknesses that prevented them from taking their next step into being independent adults who contribute to society. But we bridged the gap from their high school to their next post-secondary step.

We will miss those who will not be returning, but look forward to an awesome school year with those who will be coming back and the next group of students who will be joining us.

Farewell Ivan!

Attending Georgia Military College in the fall and is currently doing a paid internship with Atlanta History Museum

Attending Georgia Military College in the fall and is currently doing a paid internship with Atlanta History Museum

Thanks to House Bill 91, Ivan is one of 8,000 students who will now receive his high school diploma despite failing to receive it because of not being able to pass the math portion of the GGT (Georgia Graduation Test). He will be attending Georgia Military College in the fall.

Farewell Jimmy!

Eligible for his Public High School diploma and is currently working at publix

Eligible for his Public High School diploma and is currently working at publix

 

 

 

Jimmy is also eligible to receive his high school diploma. He helps to run the family’s non-profit and works at Publix.

 

 

 

 

Farewell April!

April will be attending Faks Allied Health in the fall and getting married in August, Congrats!!

April will be attending Faks Allied Health in the fall and getting married in August, Congrats!!

TTI’s first official graduate, April will be attending Faks Allied Health in the fall to become a Phlebotomist. She has plans of becoming a nurse eventually.

We will miss them! But we look forward to Jeremiah and Deanta’s return.

 

 

Headed to Gambling State in 2016

Headed to Gambling State in 2016

 

Deanta has one more semester and has already been offered a full football scholarship to Grambling State University. Jeremiah is eager to attend another full school year and isn’t sure what his next steps are, but we will be there to lead and guide him.

Currently working two jobs and will return for another full year

Currently working two jobs and will return for another full year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What a way to end a school year!

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Dyslexic Awareness Month: An Overview

ODAM2014(1)I, Cindy Lumpkin, The LD Coach, thought it necessary to pen this blog post myself. This past month, along with millions, we celebrated October as Nation Dyslexia Awareness Month. TRIUMPH in Life, Inc. and Triumph Transitions Institute did its share to not only spread awareness, but hosted programing as well. I will take this opportunity to share what the month as been like for me personally and our wonderful organization specifically.

Students at our school started out by reading A Shout-Out for Dyslexics: The emotional

Goggle Hangout with Dyslexic Author Gina Mazzetti

Goggle Hangout with Dyslexic Author Gina Mazzetti

Side by Dyslexic author Gina Mazzetti. Our students were amazed at the similarities of their own Dyslexic stories and Gina’s. Upon finishing the book, as a graded assignment, students wrote a review on Amazon. One student’s in particular touched me:

This is a motivating story. It teaches you that nothing can stop you in this world if you want it fight for it. The story teaches you to embrace dyslexia do not run from it because it is who you are. That is my review on A Shout Out for Dyslexics. Thank you Gina for writing this story, if you didn’t inspired anybody you inspired me.~ Jeremiah

Gina Mazzetti kindly agreed to do a Google Hangout with our students. She talked about life as a Dyslexic person, shared how Dyslexia is still very much a huge part of her life and answered questions from our students. I can’t begin to explain what seeing and hearing from her did for our student’s confidence. When they are able to see everyday people living very successful lives in spite of learning challenges and weaknesses, it gives them hope for their own lives. The interview can be viewed on You Tube. It is worth watching. This was for sure a proud moment for me! Exposing our students and helping them to embrace what will be with them for the rest of their life…well, it was priceless.

We didn’t stop there! Shonte Press of Press On Enterprises, a Nutrition & Wellness Consultant stopped by to celebrate the month with us. She taught us how to “Press Our Healthy Buttons” by teaching us that what we eat has an impact on our brain functioning at its optimal level. The students viewed a live demonstration of how to make

Shonte Press

Shonte Press

a healthy green smoothie. They also sampled it and of course they loved it. Many of our students vowed to do a better job of not only eating better, but incorporating more raw fruits and veggies into their diets.

The month continued with myself and TTI volunteer, Erin Jackson, doing the Dyslexia Dash hosted by the Georgia Branch of  the International Dyslexia Association. It was my first one and I LOVED it!! Next year, we look forward to more parents and students taking part. Hack! We might just host our own. As you guys know me, the sky is our limit. I believe in this organization, the work we are doing and our students. We can do anything!

Dyslexia Dash

Dyslexia Dash

Erin & Cindy posing at the Dyslexic Dash

Erin & Cindy posing at the Dyslexic Dash

The month ended on a very personal note for me. I will do more blogging about it on my personal site, The LD Coach at a later date. However, I was able to travel to my hometown

Dyslexic Artist Thirsala Wiggins, Mrs. Bly (my former special education teacher) and me, Cindy Lumpkin, The LD Coach

Dyslexic Artist Thirsala Wiggins, Mrs. Bly (my former special education teacher) and me, Cindy Lumpkin, The LD Coach

and bring awareness about the plight of students with Dyslexia and its positive side. I was also able to honor eight current special education teachers and my very own special education teacher who changed my life. I also highlighted the ability of those with Dyslexia by featuring Dyslexic artist Thirsala Wiggings and her gift of art. There were over 100 people in attendance. Triumph in Life, Inc. made the local newspaper too. So many people were inspired and we had over $500 in donations. I am still on a high from this past month. I so need a vacation! Thank goodness Thanksgiving is around the corner.

Artwork of Thirsala. she is simply amazing.

Artwork of Thirsala. she is simply amazing.

Artwork of Thirsala. This is the other side of Dyslexia that many fail to recognize.

Artwork of Thirsala. This is the other side of Dyslexia that many fail to recognize.

Parents, supporters and our students, there is much work to be done in this area of helping students with Dyslexia reach their full potential especially those from improvised backgrounds. In the next few months, TTI will be embarking on some very lofty goals. We need all hands on deck. Please stay tuned to learn how you can help take our organization to the next level in helping some of our most vulnerable learners.

As always,

T.R.I.U.M.P.H. in Life

To Rise Is Ultimately My Purpose Hereafter

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Dyslexia Dash – IDA 5K 2014 – Georgia Branch

National Dyslexia Awareness Month

Dyslexia Dash

Dyslexia Dash

Our founder and one of our faithful volunteers participated in the Dyslexia Dash this past weekend. The Dash is a 5K hosted by the Georgia Branch of International Dyslexia Association.

About IDA

With over 13,000 members, we are the oldest organization of its kind in the United States serving individuals with dyslexia, their families, and professionals in the field. Since we do not receive government funding, private donations, membership dues, foundation grants, sale of publications, conferences, and other developmental efforts fund our annual budget. IDA has an all-volunteer Board of Directors.

IDA focuses its resources in three major areas: information and referral services, advocacy, and direct services (conferences and training) for professionals working with individuals with dyslexia.

Nowhere else can a person discover such a full range of useful information about dyslexia than through The International Dyslexia Association!

The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, scientific, and educational organization dedicated to the study and treatment of the learning disability, dyslexia. For more information on dyslexia please visit http://www.interdys.org or  http://idaga.org

Cindy and Erin look forward to some of our parents, students and teachers participating next year.

Erin & Cindy posing at the Dyslexic Dash

Erin & Cindy posing at the Dyslexic Dash

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Teaching Is Our Passion

Our Teachers Make the World of Difference
We wanted to take this opportunity to share with you a few of our teachers in action and teachers at heart, our lovely volunteer Erin Jackson and Mattie Benford. At the heart of what we do here at Triumph Transitions Institute is to build relationships and then teach. Our staff is totally in love with educating our students. Our Board considers themselves lucky to have such a great group of expert teachers who is driven not by the paycheck, but the desire to see real change in the lives of students who wouldn’t otherwise have an opportunity to improve their academic skills and or a chance for a high school diploma. Salute Ms. Gist, our awesome science teacher. We love the way she teaches across the curriculum, adding reading and writing into every lesson that she teaches.

Ms. Gist breaking down those science words so that our students will understand is what she does every lesson.

Ms. Gist breaking down those science words so that our students will understand is what she does every lesson.

She comes with a great deal of experience in education and transition. Thank you for sharing your expertise with us.

Erin talking with our students about life skills.

Erin talking with our students about life skills.

Salute Erin and Mattie, the best, most faithful volunteers we could ask for. We are really blessed to have two young adults who are interested in making an impact on our students lives. I know our students love them because they can so easily relate to them.

Mattie listening to Bri read aloud.

Mattie listening to Bri read aloud.

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Ms. Robinson couldn’t get enough of teaching. She came out of retirement to work with us.

Salute to Ms. Robinson, she came out of retirement to make sure that our students become strong readers. Make sure you all let her know how much she means to us and our program. Last but not at all least, salute to Mr. Jamersion. He is our math teacher who doubles as our IT guy. With such a small budget a lot of the technology we would want is not in reach, but he seems to always find something comparable to what we are looking for, for half the price and sometimes FREE!!!

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The best math teacher this side of town!

All of you guys ROCK!!!

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Learning Ally

Game Changer

We are extremely excited to announce that we are now members of Learning Ally. Why the excitement? Learning Ally is a national nonprofit serving thousands of students with learning differences in classrooms across the country!  Membership has its privileges. As members of Learning Ally we have access to:2014-09-09 14.23.24

  • Research-proven program
  • 80,000+ textbooks & literature titles on audio
  • Unlimited downloads of any books
  • Free software for Mac/PC
  • Free Learning Ally Audio App for iOS and Android
  • Teacher Ally: helps to individualize instruction

Now our students have access to Common Core recommended reading on grade-level. They are also able to access these books at home on their computer, tablet or phone.

Students where really excited. This has opened a whole new world of opportunity to them. We were able to get video footage of one student’s reaction to having access to the program. We can’t wait to share it with you.

Reading with Learning Ally

Reading with Learning Ally

In the meantime, enjoy the pictures of some of our students exploring the program for the first time. We are currently reading “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.”

As always,

T.R.I.U.M.P.H. in Life

To Rise Is Ultimately My Purpose Hereafter

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TTI Welcomes Erin Jackson

We are pleased to welcome Erin Jackson to our family. She will be volunteering a couple of days a week. She has a caring spirit and a passion to build relationship with our students and help them meet their goals of becoming productive members of society. After having spent the day with us last week, she fell in love with our students and asked if she could return on a consistent basis. Of course we said , “YES!”

What is even better about Erin is that the students love her as well. They are looking forward to having her back. Some of the work she will be doing with our students is one-on-one reading, goal setting and interviewing skills. We are sure she will have a major impact on the success of our students.

We are always looking for those who are willing to share their gift. If you know of someone who will be a positive impact upon our students please direct them to our Support tab on the website or have them to call the school.

Here is Erin pictured with a few of our wonderful students. 

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As all ways,

T.R.I. U.M.P.H. in Life

To Rise Is Ultimately My Purpose Hereafter in Life

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Go Time!

On your mark, get set, Go!!

Orin “Are you ready to TRIUMPH in Life?” That was the question our Director and Founder asked staff and students at Open House. Students were motivated and inspired. “We are ready,” they screamed back.

We are really excited about this academic school year. There is a lot in store for Triumph Transitions Institute and we are thrilled to share it with each of you. We will use this blog as one way to keep you updated about all the wonderful things that are happening at TTI.

As you know, we’ve increased our enrollment from the previous year and we’ve welcomed new staff and volunteers. For those of you who were not able to attend our open house, we will feature each staff on our blog at some point. No doubt they have already made contact with parents by now and they have already established a foundation with our students.

Please be reminded that we will be using Engrade again this year. Students and parents will be given their access information this week. Engrade is a great way to stay connected and check assignments and grades. Students and parents can even connect with our teachers. We have installed a link to the right for easy access. Simply click it and add your information. It’s as simple as that.

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