Student of the Week: Ashley Montoya
Congratulations to Ashley Montoya, a 5th grader at Edward Gonzales Elementary School, for being named the Student of the Week by the New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union and the APS Education Foundation.
October 16, 2012
Ashley is a distinguished student who has both academic strength and emotional sensitivity. Her teacher asked her class to use their picturing writing skills to write a thank-you and good-bye note to a departing staff member. Ashley’s note was particularly moving because she referred back with specificity to events in which the staff member had helped her in kindergarten. Ashley was able to recount the effect the staff member had on her life, not just in general terms, but with specific examples that stretched over all of her years in school. In other words, Ashley sees the big picture and she also remembers details. She is living an emotionally and intellectually rich life.
“I like writing because when I was smaller, I always wanted to be an author and I would always write stories and publish them.”
Hobbies or activities, both at school and outside of school:
“I will be dancing as a mouse and a snowflake in Nutcracker on the Rocks by Keshet Dance Company. I have been in the school’s drama club for two years.”