Landmark middle school student Fall

Prepared for the Next Challenge

by Taylor Nault ’21

My name is Taylor Nault, and I’m a senior at Landmark High School from North Hampton, New Hampshire. I came to Landmark eight years ago to work on my reading and writing skills. Not only do I have a learning disability, but I also have Dwarfism, which makes me unique. Dwarfism is defined as a shortness in height that comes from a hereditary or medical condition. At Landmark I have different accommodations than other students. For example, I get rides up and down the hill, use a stool for sitting in a classroom, and have an adjustable chair. Though I am the only student at Landmark with Dwarfism, having dyslexia is something that I share with most of the students here.

My transition from Landmark Elementary•Middle School (EMS) to the High School came with some challenges as the only person with Dwarfism. But I was comforted to be moving up to the High School with some friends from EMS. 

During the summer of my sophomore year, I underwent major surgery on my legs that caused me to be in a wheelchair for six months. Because I had two frames on my legs, I felt like I stood out even more than usual. Although this part of my life was difficult and scary, I learned to overcome my fears by maintaining a positive attitude. Now, as I begin to transition into another part of my life, I know that I will be able to take on the challenges that lie ahead. 

After I graduate from Landmark this spring, I am planning to either do a post-graduate year or go to college. A post-graduate year would allow me to learn more skills at another prep school or community college and also to complete an internship. I know how important it is to go to college, but waiting an extra year to see if the world goes back to normal is probably a good idea. If I do decide to go to college the fall after graduation, I’d like to study Early Childhood Development. I want to study this because I was inspired by the people who helped me during my surgery. Landmark has taught me many skills, such as working hard and maintaining a positive attitude, that I’ll take with me through the next phases of my life. No matter where I end up, I know I will be prepared for what my future holds. 

Taylor Nault

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This story was first featured in the Fall/Winter 2020 Lantern Magazine.