Meet Our Founder
We all have our own stories; some more compelling than others; many of them intertwined with tales of triumph and tragedy; thus, it is our individual story that makes each of us who we are; good, bad, or indifferent. My story is no different; and it is my story from which my compassion for serving others, especially children, has grown. Raised by a single-mother of three, my mom afforded me opportunities to see beyond my immediate surroundings to explore most of my individual interests.
The more activities that I engaged in, the more I wanted to engage. These activities forced me to learn many valuable life lessons; including how to communicate and interact with my peers; how to work with other people, how to engage in unfamiliar environments, how to make friends, and how to be a friend. I encountered many first-time skill-building experiences: from conflict-resolution and public-speaking, to gaining confidence to make eye-contact while speaking with someone, and many, many, more. I credit these experiences with giving me the courage to dream, the knowledge to define a dream, and the skills and ability to accomplish my dreams!
My goal, as the Founder of A.S.P.I.R.E., is to engage as many youth as I can reach, single-handedly and collectively, in unique and enriching activities that increase their inner strength and impel them to push beyond their real and imagined boundaries to explore, inquire, engage, and serve.
As a classroom teacher, I am blessed to glimpse an array of potential; some misguided and unrealized, embedded within countless students; many of whom work against the odds to accomplish their goals. I have witnessed their continued perseverance; and, it is their triumph over circumstance that continues to spur my drive and give life to my concept of A.S.P.I.R.E. (Awarding Students and Promoting Increased Rigor in Education). I encourage you to join the movement to A.S.P.I.R.E. to Inspire and Unite to Serve!
The work of A.S.P.I.R.E. is not done alone. I am joined and assisted by others whom are passionate about working with A.S.P.I.R.E. and serving the youth. Meet our Board of Directors.
Tiffany L. Burleson, M. Ed.