Going the distance

Kindergartner doesn’t back away from a challenge

T-R PHOTO BY SARA JORDAN-HEINTZ Anna Lingard, 6, a kindergartner at Fisher Elementary School, likes to draw pictures, hang out on the playground, and read books about princesses. She has improved her reading skills and sets a good example for her fellow classmates. Here she draws a picture for her teacher Hilary Klyn. Anna would like to be a first grade teacher someday.

For Anna Lingard, 6, a kindergartner at Fisher Elementary School, every day brings with it the opportunity to play and discover new things about the world.

The student likes to draw pictures, hang out on the playground, and read books about princesses. But she also strives to absorb all the material her teacher Hilary Klyn throws her way.

“Her reading has really come a long way this year,” Klyn said. “She’s not nervous about reading anymore.”

“I practice,” Anna said.

The student sets a good example for her fellow classmates.

“Anna is a positive role model. She always comes to school with a smile and is ready for learning, and has integrity and always demonstrates a positive attitude,” her teacher said.

The kindergartner has gained confidence in attempting to work through an assignment on her own before asking for assistance. However, whenever she’s stuck and needs a nudge, she’s not afraid to raise her hand.

“If things are difficult, she always finds solutions to help her learning,” Klyn said. “She has strategies and knows how to use them. I hear her sometimes talking through a math problem, to herself. She has a ‘go get ’em’ attitude, but she also knows how to ask for help. She will do great in first grade.”

Anna enjoys the academic experience so much, that she would like to be a teacher when she grows up.

“(I want to be a teacher) ‘cuz it’s fun to learn. I want to teach first grade,” she said.

The child is looking forward to summer vacation, spending time with her parents and younger brother and sister.

“I’m going to a beach and a waterpark,” she said.

Name: Anna Lingard

Grade: Kindergarten

School: Fisher Elementary School

Parents: Abby and Kevin Lingard

Special Interests: Learning and Playing