First grader gained four reading levels in four weeks

Sees a future as a lawyer

T-R PHOTO BY SARA JORDAN-HEINTZ
Antonio Martinez Ramirez, 6, a first grader at Rogers Elementary School, is known as a polite, hardworking young student. In just four weeks, he moved up four reading levels. When he grows up, he would like to be a lawyer.

T-R PHOTO BY SARA JORDAN-HEINTZ Antonio Martinez Ramirez, 6, a first grader at Rogers Elementary School, is known as a polite, hardworking young student. In just four weeks, he moved up four reading levels. When he grows up, he would like to be a lawyer.

Antonio Martinez Ramirez, 6, a first grader at Rogers Elementary School, is known as a polite, hardworking young student. He has put in great effort to not only improve his reading skills, but develop into a voracious reader.

“He started his year reading below grade-level, and in just four weeks, has moved four levels and is now reading slightly above grade-level,” said teacher Melanie Knoll. “He is starting to apply multiple strategies to decode unknown words. Every time I look up, he has a book in his hands.”

Antonio’s favorite book is “Stellaluna” which tells the story of a fruit bat who gets separated from her mother and is raised by a different family of birds. He also enjoyed reading “Elephant and Piggie.”

He said reading is the best part of his academic experience because “it helps me more.”

Knoll noted that a combination of factors has allowed the pupil to excel.

“He does an extra reading class once a day, which has really helped,” she said. “He has really supportive parents and is a hard worker at school and listens.”

In his free time, the child likes going shopping with his dad, and watching television and reading. When he grows up, he would like to be a lawyer.

“I want to help people,” he explained.

“Antonio is also a very kind boy. He has many friends because he is respectful. He is a very dedicated student at Rogers School,” Knoll said.

What goal does Antonio’s teacher have for her pupil?

“I want him to go into second grade reading and writing like a second grader so he can be his best,” she said.

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