As part of National School Choice Week, Gov. Jeb Bush recognized Christopher Collot and his son, Jayden, as winners of the national “Choices in Education” video competition during a school tour of Mater Academy Elementary School in Hialeah Gardens. Jayden is a second-grade student at the school’s K-2 campus.
“Every child in America deserves access to a quality education. Only individuals, empowered with the opportunity to succeed, will achieve earned success and lift up our great country. Our current education system – a monolithic, government-monopolized model – is failing to prepare children to reach their God-given potential. It’s time all parents in America have the access and right to a full and competitive marketplace of school options to meet the unique needs of their child,” said Gov. Jeb Bush, founder and chairman of ExcelinEd. “Each year during National School Choice Week, I’m grateful that educational freedom is enthusiastically championed and celebrated across the country. It’s a powerful reminder that education is an issue that touches every American family. Here in Miami, it was terrific to meet Chris and his young son, Jayden, today and to hear their Choices in Education story. Congratulations to Chris on his recognition as a national grand prize winner. My goal is for every family to have a success story rivaling theirs.”
Second-grader Jayden Collot gives Gov. Jeb Bush and his parents, grand prize winners in the Choices in Education video competition, a tour of his classroom at Mater Academy Elementary School in Hialeah Gardens.
The Choices in Education video competition shares stories about how school choice is improving education for children and families across the country. Hundreds of students, parents and alumni of educational choice programs submitted videos about how educational opportunity has made a difference in their lives.
Grand Prize winner Christopher Collot chose a public charter school for his son, Jayden, to attend, where he is thriving both academically and socially.
“I wanted to provide my child with the best possible fit for his education and give him what I never had – a choice,” Christopher Collot said. “I’m extremely lucky that I had the opportunity to choose a school that was right for my child’s educational needs. Every kid is different and that makes them special. We shouldn’t limit our children’s potential with a one-size-fits-all mentality.”
Mater Academy Elementary is a K-5 public charter school that ranks as one of the top elementary schools in Miami-Dade County.
In 2016, Mater Academy Elementary earned its 14th consecutive “A” grade from the Florida Department of Education based on student growth and achievement. The school’s proven academic record stems from its commitment to ensuring that all students are college bound from as early as kindergarten.
“I’m thrilled that Christopher was selected as a winner in the Choices in Education video contest,” Principal Cecilia Guilarte said. “His passion for school choice continues long after his own experiences with a charter school. He chose to select the best learning environment for Jayden in Mater Academy and he expresses his commitment to educational choice through his involvement in our school’s activities.”
For more information on the Choices in Education video contest winners and finalists, visit www.choicesined.org/finalists.
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