A Letter to Our Executive Director

Mr. Doc,

Tamra is pictured center, surrounded by her two supportive teachers, celebrating her completion of several tests.

I wanted to introduce myself; My name is Tamra Lewter. I know you are a very busy man, but I want to show my gratitude to your school. I wasn’t sure who to email, but you seemed like an important man. I dropped out of school at the early age of twelve, and raised myself from the age of fourteen. I left home and had to figure out the art of survival. I don’t like to be seen as a victim, but I dealt with abuse for many years.

In 2012, I lived in 16 different locations and three different states in less than one calendar year in order to escape. I relocated to California where I stayed at WEAVE safehouse, followed by transitional housing, until I was able to provide for my family.

In August, 2016 I enrolled in Highlands Community Charter School to complete my education In West Sacramento at Collings Teen Center. I knew without an education there would be an endless cycle of minimum wage jobs and I wanted to be a role model for my children. It wasn’t an easy task; I had many of life’s obstacles thrown in my direction, like my daughter being diagnosed with cancer in February 2017.

I want to thank you for having teachers that care and help motivate me throughout my journey. They have been there through my sorrow, laughter, and accomplishments. I can say that Highlands has been a blessing in my life, and I want to add that I will graduate from college as well.

Tamra Lewter