BRAD Cheney, like many students, found school a challenge.
But the Maida Vale dad credits Stepping Up, a specialist program at Kalamunda Senior High School, with steering him in the right direction.
The tailored education program is offered to Year 10 students who find the first few years of high school difficult.
Teacher Stuart Jackson, who runs the program with his wife Diane, said it ensured students had the opportunity to experience success and prepared them to re-engage with their studies in their final years of school.
Mr Jackson said he and his wife were passionate about teaching students such as Brad.
“We are dedicated to giving extra care and support year in and year out for a select number of Year 10 students,” he said.
“It’s fantastic to see our former students do well after school, including Brad, who has come full circle.
“Brad is now married with children of his own and doing what most of us like to do – giving back to their community.”
Mr Cheney, who works in the transport industry and umpires football games at the High Wycombe Junior Football Club, said the Stepping Up program taught him invaluable life skills.
“I loved that year because of the training and work opportunities in areas I was interested in and having Mr and Mrs Jackson in the class,” he said.
“I was always more of a hands-on person and always enjoyed working rather than studying. I never used to listen to the science teacher because it was useless to me.”