Graduate Spotlight: Former Teen Parent Excels Despite Challenges

About Visions’ Student Spotlights

We want to celebrate all of our amazing students both current and graduated. Over the next few months we’ll be sharing stories about our alumni. You’ll learn about why they chose Visions, how we helped them, what they’re doing now and much more. We hope you enjoy!

Graduate Spotlight:

Itati Martin
Independent Study Academy, Class of 2010

Itati’s Story

Itati Martin found Visions In Education out of necessity. She was preparing to enter her junior year of high school and learned she was pregnant. Although this was a difficult responsibility to handle at a young age she was dedicated to graduating and raising a family. When she found Visions she knew she was in good hands.

“I enrolled in Visions because of the flexibility,” Itati said. “I am so glad I came here, I honestly think it was the best decision for me. I had an amazing teacher, who I hold very dear to my heart. I’m not sure if she will ever realize what it meant to me that she saw more in me than just another pregnant teen.”

Itati’s one-on-one relationship with her teacher, Chris Allen, helped her thrive. Chris set expectations from the start and worked with Itati to schedule her work so she could get ahead to prepare for the arrival of her baby. The ability to work ahead of schedule without distractions isn’t something Itati would have been able to do in the traditional school system.

Where Is She Now?

Despite the challenge of being a teen mother, Itati used her time at Visions to prepare for college. She learned to take initiative and practice self-discipline. After graduating from Visions she enrolled at Cosumnes River College to earn her Associate’s Degree in Psychology and then transferred to Sacramento State to complete her Bachelor’s Degree.

Itati continues to thrive today. A week before she graduated from Sacramento State she was offered an account executive job at an association management firm. She’s happily married and the proud mother of three children. Eight days after her 25th birthday she bought her first home with her husband. Her success is inspiring and she applied many of the skills she learned at Visions to achieve her goals.

“I’m not sure if I would have accomplished half the things I did if I hadn’t met my amazing teacher,” Itati said.

Advice for Students

We asked Itati what she would tell current and prospective Visions students. These are her words of wisdom:

  • Visions can be the right choice for everyone
  • Take your teacher’s recommendations
  • Accept help
  • Show initiative
  • Learn self-discipline
  • Be accountable

Visions is proud to share Itati’s success story and we hope it inspires current and future students.

Posted on March 6, 2018 by Justina Janas


    Sheryl Hillan says:

    NICE!!! Great story!

    JeanAnn Walth says:

    Go Girl!
    YAY Chris…!
    Can we get more stories to showcase our student stories? It is so encouraging when you’re in the trenches with wonders…worries and a lot of work that feels less than making progress….
    I love how specific the student was about what worked and how Chris fitted the material around the schedule and the coming sequence to best cover the load.

    Justina Janas says:

    Hi Jean Ann,

    Thank you for the great feedback! Yes, we’ll be featuring alumni and student stories weekly for the next few months. 🙂

    Consuelo Mandujano says:

    Inspiring! Love the drive and determination!!

    Jessica Valladares says:


    Ashley Ching says:

    Thanks for sharing this real, true to life story.

    Stephanie Cassidy says:

    What a wonderful story and amazing young lady!

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