A little about myself.
I was born in New Britain, CT and later moved to Chicago at about age 5. Shortly afterwards, my sister and I went to live with my grandmother in Białystok, Poland.
We lived in Poladn for over a year and returning somewhere before the bicentennial in 1776. My mother told me that during those years in school I had to relearn English. I was put back into the first grade by the Chicago public school system (Nightingale Grammar School 52nd/Rockwell); because I did not speak any English. It took me a few years but I believe by the time I was in 3rd grade I was able to communicate fluently both in Polish and English. Unfortunately, now I was a year older than the rest of my class mates.
We moved around through my grammar years attending Nativity BVN 2nd through 5th (68th/California), then Five Holy Martyrs School (renamed to Pope John II Catholic School) from 7th through 8th (43rd/Richmond). I attended St. Laurence High School during my freshman year and then Curie High School for the remainder. During my HS years, I was ranked in the 10% of my class. Our family financial status could not afford me to stay more than 1 year in St Laurence, hence back to the Chicago Public School system. I experienced the benefits of both schools systems, the private and public sector, and I wish our family could have afforded my education at St. Laurence. My experience in the Catholic school system was more positive in my opinion. Much had to do with the counselor, the best I can remember is that I was doing 'too' well and turned away by the counselor so they could assist under-performers. I wanted to know about college, but the administration did not provide that to me at Curie.
Through my friend I looked for guidance and met a U.S. Navy Counselor (recruiter). An alternative for young men and women who do not go to college. Today, I am very proud to have served and hold Veterans dearly and my fellow crewmates.
Bootcamp Photo Company 181, Orlando, FL (1987)