Product of a K- 12 School

My life as a learner like most kids had its ups and downs all the way through high school.  When I began to get excited about books is when I found my niche in school.  I can recall reading Goosebumps books to my younger brother, James. I don’t know if he was excited because I let  him in my room or because he actually liked the books. While I was in gymnastics a girl I really looked up to I caught walking around the gym before warm ups, her nose in a book. I began doing the same thing, gymnastics and books. I continued reading to James  and other members of my family, I loved to read to others as well as on my own. I bounced out of my seat, arm stretched to the ceiling, waving my fingers to be called upon in class to read aloud. By the time I reached high school I wanted to be an actress, I wanted to act out the stories I loved reading so much. My  K-12 school did have a stage but had been without a drama club  so long that none of the teachers had ever seen one there. With some work, by my freshmen year I was a member of the club and loved it. I struggled with math throughout Math every year in school, I was advanced in English and History and because of my small school I couldn’t be in the advanced English and History classes without being in the advanced Math, there was only one Math teacher after all. I ended up taking my regular algebra class from my chemistry teacher during his plan period, just Mr. Rosenbrock and I. I loved that Science teacher, he was blunt, yet creative enough to explain things in a lot of different ways (in monotone) for me to understand. I also used to go to the Second grade teacher who happened to be a math whiz down the hall in the mornings before school started and have her help me as well. I would begin to feel bad about myself because I struggled with Math and it wasn’t until college that I began to trust my ability in mathematics and gained the confidence I needed to be successful. I will always be a learner and that part of my life I truly cherish.



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Jeff Smith/Staff Photographer Jackson freshman Kim Pety studies Tuesday in a hallway outside of French Auditorium in the new Education and Human Services building. "Its comfortable, there are lots of places to study and its warmer than other buildings" Pety said.
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3 thoughts on “Product of a K- 12 School

  1. That’s cool that you had a role model to look to and be like “she’s reading so I’m going to read”. I think kids need more people like that in their lives who unconsciously encourage kids to read. I disliked math as well and always found it to be a struggle. I had great math teachers and tutors but it just never clicked. I’m glad that you had a drama club in high school to be a part of.


  2. Being able to trust ourselves, is so important. Once we move past that roadblock, it’s amazing what opportunities will open up. I wonder if the other gymnast you met ever knew how her example sparked a wonderful passion in you. We all touch and change each others’ lives in amazing ways. Thanks for sharing!


  3. I am too, a bookworm! I have to admit it! I have always loved being snuggled up in my bed until 2 AM reading Harry Potter, or Twilight. Actually, I’ve also had difficulty learning math, but over time, I’ve grown to actually really enjoy it once I understood it. I loved your post! 🙂


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