“Excuses are monuments of nothingness. They build bridges to nowhere. Those who use these tools of incompetence, seldom become anything but nothing at all.”   Author unknown


“There was never a time in my youth, no matter how dark and discouraging the days might be, when one resolve did not continually remain with me, and that was a determination to secure an education at any cost.” Booker T. Washington, Up From Slavery


“Any average teacher can fail a student, but it takes an above average teacher to declare: “I will not let you fail.” Average teachers are never in short supply and the good teacher will always make the poor student good, and the good student superior. A good teacher is always true to the Latin meaning of the word teacher, which means “to lead or draw out”.  Marva Collins, Westside Preparatory Academy


“To lead the people, you have to love the people. To serve the people, you have to care for the people.”    Dr. Cornel West, Harvard University


“To make a difference, you have to do something different”

Stephon Marbury, New York Knicks


“Things work out best for those who make the best of the way things are”

John Wooden, Hall of Fame Basketball Coach



“If you see a turtle sitting on a fencepost, you know it didn’t get there by itself.”    Alex Haley



“Rules without relationships produce rebellion”. Josh McDowell



Cowardice asks “Is it safe”?

Expediency asks “Is it politic”?

Vanity asks “Is it popular”?

But Conscience asks “Is it RIGHT”?

Dr. Martin Luther King


“A good teacher must be more than a 2x4 teacher---bounded by the four walls of a classroom and the two covers of a book.” Marva Collins, Westside Preparatory Academy


“Discipline is the internal mechanism that self-motivates you. It gets you out of bed in the morning. It gets you to school on time, and it tells you when you need to stay up late to finish work. It drives you. It is essential to success, whether individually or collectively.” Pat Summit, Women’s Basketball Coach, University of Tennessee



“Stand up and fight for yourselves! This can only be done through education.”   Judge Greg Mathis



“An education is the key to achieving lifelong goals and dreams. However, getting an education is not enough. Having the wisdom to apply your education is what matters. Knowledge without application is useless, unproductive, and means nothing.”     Mr. Cunningham



“When you have self-discipline you can compete effectively in the world. You can set high standards for yourself, overcome intervening obstacles, and attain high goals. Self-discipline will allow you to truly believe in yourself. It is the staunchest ally, the truest friend. It is the key to survival and success.”    Joe Clark, Principal of Eastside High School, Paterson, NJ


“Almost all teachers can teach the bright child, but can you motivate the devil?”   Marva Collins, Westside Preparatory Academy


“Embrace adversity! It is the greatest teacher you will ever encounter”.  Salma Hayek, actress



“Every now and then all students need to be motivated to do their best. But in the end, it is the ones who are self-motivated that enjoy the true riches that an education can offer.”    Mr. Cunningham


“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition aspired, and success achieved.”      Helen Keller


“Our decisions, attitudes, and behaviors are determined by either one of two things…..external pressures or internal principles.”  John MacArthur, Pastor of Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, CA


“Self-discipline is important in any endeavor of life. People who have the ability to concentrate, focus on their goals, and consistently stay within their priorities tend to succeed. Whether in academics, the arts, or athletics, success generally comes to the self-disciplined.”    John MacArthur, Pastor of Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, CA


“Failure is not an option. It is a nagging reality that keeps you focused.”  Joe Clark, Principal of Eastside High School, Paterson, NJ