Reading and studying always came a bit differently for Joey Pearson. As a freshman he was diagnosed with Dyslexia. At that time he was enrolled at Richland High School, but the traditional high school experience wasn’t working well with his diagnoses.
As freshman year turned into sophomore year, Joey’s grades were slipping and he was falling further behind. That’s when Joey and his family started looking for alternatives.
They found what they were looking for in Three Rivers HomeLink. Joey transferred in as a sophomore after first quarter and found that online classes fit his learning style best. He had the flexibility to work on his schoolwork throughout the day as opposed to during certain class periods. He grades improved and he went from a D-average to an A student.
Finding a school that fit is learning style wasn’t all that Joey needed. He needed flexibility in his schedule to play baseball.
Joey began playing baseball as a fourth-grader, but his passion for pitching started around age 13. He has continued to excel in the sport, pitching for school teams and other competitive leagues.
As a high schooler, Joey practices up to 6 days a week during the school year and 7 days a week in the summer. On weekends he spends time traveling to various tournaments.
“I love baseball because anything can happen. When I stand on the mound, I am calm. I don’t know how, but I can block everything out,” Joey says.
Completing his schooling at HomeLink has given Joey the flexibility to perfect the sport he loves. He can study in the mornings before going to workout. Then more class time before baseball practice in the afternoons.
Recently, Joey pitched a no-hitter to help secure the Richland Bomber’s spot at the state high school baseball tournament. He brings the heat to games with an 90-mph fastball, but his best pitch is his change-up.
Joey will continue his academic journey and baseball career at Lower Columbia College in Longview.