Evan Hanono

“I came to Hillel when I was in PK4 and it wasn’t until 1st grade that I was diagnosed with dyslexia. My mom kept me in Hillel until 3rd grade, thinking that my dyslexia would just pass. After doing some research, she took me to a clinic to get further tested and my results came out extremely positive. Soon after, I left Hillel and moved to another school called McGlannan, a school specialized to teach dyslexic children, until the 7th grade. School for me was extremely hard as I did not know how to read properly until I reached 4th grade. After three years, my mom decided to take me out of McGlannan and put me back into Hillel. The transition was very hard, not only because my Bar Mitzvah was coming up, but also because I had to leave all of my friends from McGlannan and come back to Hillel. At first, I struggled a lot in Hillel because I was being taught in a more general way, different from the way I was taught at McGlannan. Middle school was a big challenge because of the workload, but high school was even harder. Because of my dyslexia, I had to start studying for my SAT in 10th grade. The reading part of the SAT was especially challenging for me because it only alloted around 7 minutes to read a passage, and it was taking me around 11 minutes to read it. For math, it also took me longer to solve the problems because the neuroreceptors in my brain did not receive messages as fast as a normal person’s would, and thus did not enable my brain to complete the problems so quickly. Now, as a senior, I’ve gotten used to living with dyslexia, and the challenges that go along with it have only made me stronger.”
-Evan Hanono, Student (12th grade)

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