By Miranda Kianka and Sabrina Romano
Failure is just a road and success is the destination. Allen Louissaint, the seventh grade educator who teaches students the skills of entrepreneurship teaches an amazing course. Entrepreneurship is the process of business, company, and organization. He clearly expresses and ties lessons for entrepreneurship with inspirational lessons as well.

On May 22nd, 2015 Allen Louissaint and his students explored a gallery of words. Words are found everywhere in the world. However, these words aren’t written in plain, black ink on paper. They wrote the characteristics of the words built into each component of the word to enhance a message. Typography is an art technique when letters are used to make written language have more meaning and impact.

As we walked in, the room sent an immediate vibe. The board was covered with a quote from Michael Jordan. He asked his students what they thought of the quote. What was the message? An perceptive student, Avery, responded, “If you never failed, you don really know what succeeding feels like.” She explains how if you have a pattern of success lacking failure, you don’t know what the real feeling of accomplishment is.

Around the room were words containing typography. These plain words suddenly transformed into a work of art. As the students explored the gallery of work, they wrote comments on each other’s art. We asked Mr.Louissaint about the purpose of this activity. He did this to inspire his students, suggesting that even if you may fall once, you can succeed 100 more times after.

Failing doesn’t exactly break you down. It builds you up. He told us, as an example, that Walt Disney was a highly successful person who failed numerous times in his lifetime. However, that didn’t stop him. Disney “formed his first animation company in Kansas City in 1921. He made a deal with a distribution company in New York, in which he would ship them his cartoons and get paid six months down the road. He was forced to dissolve his company and at one point could not pay his rent and was surviving by eating dog food,” according to He has also suffered in depression, and Mickey Mouse was rejected because the designers claimed that it would scare women. These are three of the several failures Walt Disney had, yet you know him for his several successes. Walt Disney is a great influence for young entrepreneurs.

Entrepreneurship influences North Shore students. Even though success may not come at the beginning, it may come at the end. We just have to remember to just keep driving.

Coming Up: On Monday, June 15th, Entrepreneurial Studies students will present their new business idea projects in the cafeteria from 2pm to 2:50pm. The event is open to faculty, staff, and parents. Come and enjoy!