A thirst for knowledge

Kindergartner continues to advance

T-R PHOTO BY SARA JORDAN-HEINTZ
Joaquin Villagomez, 5, a kindergartner at Anson Elementary School, is always eager to learn more about the world around him. He is proficient in reading and completes advanced level math. His teacher, Jessica Althaus (pictured) noted his positive attitude and willingness to help fellow students.

T-R PHOTO BY SARA JORDAN-HEINTZ Joaquin Villagomez, 5, a kindergartner at Anson Elementary School, is always eager to learn more about the world around him. He is proficient in reading and completes advanced level math. His teacher, Jessica Althaus (pictured) noted his positive attitude and willingness to help fellow students.

It’s not every youngster who asks for more schoolwork to complete. But Joaquin Villagomez, 5, a kindergartner at Anson Elementary School, is always eager to learn more about the world around him.

At the start of the school year, Joaquin was able to perform all the basic tasks teachers look to evaluate.

“He could count to 100, knew his ABCs, and knew his sounds,” said teacher Jessica Althaus. “He recently reached the 100 percent level [for proficiency] in math, and now works at the first grade level. The goal for kindergartners is to be at 50 percent by the end of the year.”

Indeed, the child cited math as his best class.

“Learning about numbers is fun,” he said.

Like every other kid, Joaquin likes to play with toys in his spare time. He most enjoys Monster Trucks. He also likes to spend time with his family, made up of his parents, two older sisters, four chickens and a dog. Proficient in reading, he likes to read books on Transformers.

“Joaquin reads at grade level and we’re pushing him to excel,” Althaus said. “He’s pushing himself too, and doesn’t realize it. He is a very responsible student while doing his school work, cleaning up after himself and even others. He is always an active learner by participating in group discussions, helping other students learn, and working independently.”

Joaquin is looking forward to soon working with his classmates on a book, which will chronicle the students’ favorite things about kindergarten. It will be published in the springtime, and friends and family will gather for a reading party.

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Contact Sara Jordan-Heintz at 641-753-6611 or sjordan@timesrepublican.com

Name: Joaquin Villagomez

Grade: Kindergarten

School: Anson Elementary School

Parents: Jasmeine & Joaquin Villagomez

Special Interests: Learning and toys