Every week in partnership with the Tulare County Office of Education, we tell stories about South Valley students with great character.
First grader Kaylie Luna has a personality as bright as her yellow sweater. At Pleasant View Elementary in Poplar, first grade teacher Tashima Irving says she was surprised when she first met the young student.
“Whenever she started I was like, ‘Are you a first grader?’ or ‘Are you an adult?’ Because you are so mature,” Kaylie’s teacher Tashima Irving said.
Ms. Irving says Kaylie immediately took on the role as her helper in the classroom.
“You know most kids come in and are about their own situation. She always comes in and says, ‘Ms. Irving what do you need?’ ‘Ms. Irving how can I help you?’ ‘Ms. Irving they aren’t paying attention.’ Just willing.”
Willing and ready, Kaylie assists her teach with whatever she needs.
“There are a lot of students and I want to help her and there is one teacher,” said First Grader, Kaylie Luna.
Kaylie passes out homework folders and puts away the chrome books in her class. Small acts made from the biggest heart.
“It’s because she can’t do it all by herself,” Kaylie adds.
Ms. Irving appreciates seeing her character shine through.
“If I didn’t have an aide she would be my aide, and I really mean that. She could be my aide. She knows what I need when I need it,” Ms. Irving said. “From Kaylie we can learn to be patient, to be kind, to be helpful.”
Taking the lead in the classroom, Kaylie is still gentle, while assertive. Showing her fellow classmates, that you’re never too young to think of others before yourself.
“It’s because I like to help her,” Kaylie says about helping her teacher.
Kaylie Luna of Pleasant View Elementary shows us why Your Character Matters.