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Mrs. Allison Ross Chua
First and foremost, I am a mother of three young men. Two of whom have graduated through the Batavia City School District. My oldest, Kian (22), graduated in the class of 2017. Kian has autism and attended Summit and Creekside for most of his school years, but was supported by BCSD. My second son Ross (19) graduated in 2016 as the Salutatorian of his class. He is currently a sophomore at Syracuse University where he attends primarily on academic and music scholarships. He hopes to be a Composer and to one day write his own Broadway Musical. Aden (12) is a 7th grader at BMS and will be graduating in 2023. He too is musical but does not want to be famous. My husband, David, is a 1985 graduate of BHS and is a financial planner here in New York and Florida. He also has clients in New Jersey. Our family has roots in Batavia, both my mother in law and father in law worked at UMMC for 40 or more years. However, I am not from Batavia. I am a 1986 graduate of Highland High School in Highland, NY where we say soda not pop.
Aside from teaching, my life consists of being a member of Northgate Free Methodist Church in Batavia and being a daughter and sister in a very loving and supportive family many of whom have dedicated much of their lives to Public School Education. My dad retired from both IBM and then from teaching. My sister has taught for 26 years in Florida and my oldest sister has been a Special Education Teacher Assistant in Kingston, NY for 12 years.
As a teacher through much of my 20's and 30's, I had the pleasure of working with hundreds of students in Lynne, FL in the Ocala National Forest. I loved having my own classroom and a full group of students during those years. I learned so much and so many lives touched mine. Through facebook, I have been following the lives of many of my former student and am so glad that we had a rapport that allowed us to become friends after they graduated.
At 35, I moved to Batavia and began subbing and became a part time homebound tutor. It is here that I truly found my niche. I loved tutoring students one on one. I work with students who are on medical leave for a variety or reasons and I also work with students for whom traditional classrooms might pose a problem and seniors who are in need of credit recovery to graduate. Sometimes, I have students for a year or more and other times only for a day. I am passionate that no matter how long I am working with a student, I will advocate and work toward helping them achieve the goals that the wish to achieve.
I believe that through my work, I can make a difference. I also believe what Norman Vincent Peale is credited with saying:
"People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking they can do things. When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success."