Hello, my name is Kiersten and I am a senior in high school. Someone who has mentored me and allowed me to grow and learn is my Kumon Instructor, Miss Lynn. I was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, and immediately put in the NICU because I had a difficult time breathing. I was also born with severe hearing loss in both ears. I wear hearing aids in both ears and it helps me hear. I have worked extremely hard to overcome the disability that I was born with. When I was around 8 years of age I started Kumon. As an elementary student, I struggled with math. My Aunt and Uncle in California suggested that my parents put me in Kumon, a learning enrichment program that gives kids an advantage in Reading and Math by using an individualized approach to learning. Being in Kumon has given me the advantage needed to succeed in life. Because of Kumon I want to be a middle school math teacher because math is really my thing and I love dealing with numbers. My math skills are exceptional.
Kumon has been so instrumental in my life. I enjoyed the fact that my cousin in California and my cousin in Ruston both attended Kumon, which has been a success for both of them in their continued education. Some of my favorite memories are when my cousin joined Kumon with me and we were both trying to compete against each other to get the most Kumon dollars.
Currently, my 3-year-old nephew is attending Kumon and enjoying every moment. After years in Kumon, on March 9, 2017, I began working as a Kumon grader. I love working at Kumon and working with the kids. The only thing that I have a difficult time with is grading the reading worksheets. The triangles are confusing to me, but I try to make sure I put them in the right place when grading. Math work is very comfortable. I love my job!
Instructor's Note: Kiersten is currently studying Math Level K. Her hobbies include traveling, filming, photo editing, shopping and spending quality time with family and friends. Kiersten is very loyal to both Kumon and her job as a grading assistant. I so appreciate her sharing her story with us!
Meet a Recent Reading Program Completer
My name is Shrivats and I am a 13-year-old seventh grader. Some of my favorite hobbies are reading and writing because getting involved in a new world is always extremely exciting. I prefer fiction over nonfiction. One reason for this is that fiction barely has any boundaries while nonfiction is conformed to reality. Another reason is nonfiction has a script you must stay close to, but with fiction the only script is what you can come up with in your head. Writing gives me the feeling that I can create a place where I can empty my imagination.
Some of my accomplishments in school include receiving the title of "Student of the Year" in my magnet elementary school; achieving third place in my school spelling bee; and, finally, winning "Best Essay" from the Parent Teacher's Association (PTA) multiple times. Outside of school, I like to play the piano. I have been playing for about 3 years with a local college's Piano Preparatory Program. I recently performed the second movement of Sonatina in C at the spring recital and earned the "Superior" ranking.
The main thing that has helped me with these accomplishments is the Kumon Reading Program. In one word, this program is challenging! The precise questions about parts of stories make you analyze the passage in every aspect--making assumptions about themes and ideas while being concise with correct grammar. However, getting the right answer is not the only focus of the Reading Program. We are also asked to answer general questions about a particular story's theme or plot line in our own words. This encourages us to spill our own thoughts onto the page, all the while increasing our comprehension and writing skills. This amazing, self-taught teaching style has helped me excel in all types of writing, from essays to poems. We are timed during completion of each worksheet, and this has helped me increase my conciseness and efficiency in writing. In addition to this, the Reading program's vast variety of story genres has helped me understand the themes of them.
Instructor Note: Shrivats is also a Kumon Math student, currently studying Level J and approaching "Platinum" award level, 3 years above Kumon International Standard.