Young Leader Becomes Empowered Through Self-Learning - Kumon

Young Leader Becomes Empowered Through Self-Learning

Temi poses in a navy suit in front of a gray background at the student conference

Temi, 13-years-old, Math Level K

At 13-years-old, Temi keeps a packed schedule of school, soccer, basketball, and even guitar lessons. But what really sets Temi apart from other students is his natural gift of being a leader.Temi poses in front of a Kumon backdrop at the student conference

When we think of qualities of a strong leader, things like inspirational, committed, confident, and excellent decision-making are all things that come to mind. Temi happens to possess some of these characteristics – making him a natural born leader.

Whether Temi is on the soccer field leading the team to victory, or tackling new concepts in school, he always gives it his all.

When Temi enrolled in Kumon, he not only began studying above his grade level, he also developed a level of independence – thrusting him to new heights.

“Kumon has helped me become a leader in and out of the classroom,” said Temi. “I’m able to make better decisions for myself, and think critically, quickly and outside of the box.”

Temi poses with a trophy outside his front door

As an inspiration to his peers, Temi was nominated as the class representative for student council. His leadership skills were even recognized by Temi’s school, as he was selected to attend the Ontario Educational Leadership Centre – a program to empower and educate young leaders.

Temi has a unique ability to persevere through any challenge, and his own success continues to be his number one motivator.

When Temi found out he was one of 56 students selected for Kumon’s 3rd Annual Student Conference in Chicago, Illinois, he couldn’t help but be proud of his accomplishment.

“When I came home and found out I was selected for the Student Conference, I wanted to celebrate,” said Temi. “I remember thinking, “Wow, I did it. I really did it.”

Temi and the rest of the attendees had the opportunity to learn from each other through educational activities designed to foster team building, group discussion, critical thinking and creativity.

Temi shares highlights from his Kumon journey and reveals the secret to his motivation.

What’s the most beneficial thing you’ve gained in Kumon?

The most beneficial part of Kumon is that it has pushed me to new levels and unlocked my full potential.

How has Kumon helped you outside of the classroom?

Kumon has boosted my confidence and it has shown me that I can do anything if I put my mind to it. Kumon has also sharpened my critical thinking skills. By setting a time goal for my work, I can see a question and be able to solve it correctly.

Temi poses with his family at the student conference

If you could sum up your Kumon experience in one word, what would it be?


Who’s your biggest inspiration and why?

My biggest inspiration has always been myself. It’s up to me to succeed. I fuel my strive, hunger, and reach my goals.

What’s your favorite book and why?

My favorite book series is “A to Z Mysteries” by John Steven Gurney. I love this series because I’m a fan of mystery books and learning about the unknown.

Temi sits at a table during the student conference

What was your experience like at the 2019 Kumon Student Conference, and what was your favorite part?

The Student Conference was a great experience, especially getting to meet other Kumon Students like me! I really enjoyed the debate activity, and hearing from others who share the same opinion as me.

What advice would you give to kids just starting Kumon?

No matter what, keep going because Kumon really does help you. If you complete the program, it will be a great building block for anything else you do in life.

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