Every week in partnership with the Tulare County Office of Education, we tell stories about South Valleys students with awesome character.
At Lincoln Elementary School in Exeter there is a 3rd grade student that does not take school for granted.
That student is Lizelle Ayon. Lizelle has had health issues since she was young and coming to school can be physically painful for her, but it’s something she cherishes.
“Regardless of the pain she is in everyday, or how hard it is to get out of bed or get dressed ready for school, she still wants to come everyday,” said Lizelle’s 3rd grade teacher at Lincoln Elementary School, Kim Shipley.
Due to her medical issues, Lizelle missed most of kindergarten with being in the hospital. But she studied hard and made it a point to keep up.
Kim Shipley adds:
“Even though she was below grade level she was determined and worked really, really hard and through that hard work she is above grade level and that is exciting for me to see what one person can do no matter what your circumstances are.”
Lizelle is not only impressive to her teacher, but also her classmates.
“Whenever I hear her story, it inspires me,” said Lizelle’s classmate, Prisilla Rosales. “It inspires me what she has been through. She is a strong person.”
A strong person with a heart of gold.
“She makes me feel brave inside and if that happened to me what would I do?” Prisilla said. “I think to myself I would be like Lizelle and be tough and brave.”
At just 8 years old, Lizelle has taught everyone she meets what it means to have strength and perseverance — showing up to school even when she isn’t feeling the best.
“It’s important to me because I am still learning about new things,” 3rd grader Lizelle Ayon said. “All my friends are here and I learn new things every single day.”
One thing is for sure, Lizelle never ever gives up.
Lizelle Ayon of Lincoln Elementary School shows us why Your Character Matters.