LAUREL — It is hard to believe that one high school can hold so much potential for greatness but Esther Iluyomade and Jessica Davis have proven that Laurel High School is home to at least two shining stars.
For nearly two years now, The Sentinel has gone to local Prince George’s County Public High Schools to highlight outstanding seniors, asking each school to pick just one amazing student to feature. But when two students are excelling so much in one program, exceptions must be made.
Davis and Iluyomade are both part of Laurel’s Teacher Academy of Maryland (TAM), a program designed to prepare students for education careers once they leave high school.
For Davis, the program has provided much-needed insight into a something that she was interested in: child growth and development.
“It’s been an amazing experience,” she said. “They pretty much prepare you for being a teacher when you leave the school if that’s what you’re interested in.”
The process of interning with teachers has been eye-opening, she said and has taught her both respect and humility.