A budding author

Fourth grader sees a future as a writer

T-R PHOTO BY SARA JORDAN-HEINTZ Leah Kurian, 10, a fourth grader at Fisher Elementary School, enjoys writing, science, playing the piano and volleyball. She would like to be an author someday. Here, she and STEM instructor Amanda Miller discuss her project on how the brain works.

Leah Kurian, 10, a fourth grader at Fisher Elementary School, is the type of student that teachers appreciate having in class.

“Leah is a smart, kind, conscientious student who is always looking out for others. She has great problem solving skills, and isn’t afraid to stand up for what she thinks is right,” said Amanda Miller, who serves as her STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) instructor. “She is a great team player, but also a natural leader who knows how to include everyone.”

The student likes science and literature. She has made water filtration systems in both Fisher Lego League and through 4H.

“You cut a bottle in half and put layers of filtration in to get cleaner, fresher water,” the fourth grader explained.

In STEM class, she and fellow pupils are learning about how the brain interacts with other body parts. They are currently making clay models of the brain.

Having a love of writing, Leah particularly enjoys penning fantasy stories.

“[In language arts class] we just wrote about a perspective of a little person — two inches tall — being in a cabinet, and how they would escape,” she said.

Her family consists of her parents, twin brother Josiah, and two younger sisters, plus one dog. In her free time, the adolescent plays the piano, participates in volleyball, draws and cooks. Her favorite cuisine to make is Indian.

“My parents are from India,” she noted.

Looking to the future, Leah would like to make a living as a writer.

“I want to be an author or a teacher that teaches writing,” she said.

“I can’t wait to see what she decides to do as a career, because this is a girl out to change the world,” Miller concluded.


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