There’s no task too hard for 7-year-old Kayla Rose Kandarian, her mom, Michelle Kandarian, said.
“She challenges herself,” her mother said of the second-grader at Marshall Elementary School in Fowler.
The academically strong and tech-savvy student doesn’t stop at just being a learner. Kandarian said Kayla also loves to teach others. She explained that Kayla will typically come home and prepare presentations that her teacher can use in class.
The school’s 1-to-1 ratio in computer access gives Kayla the ability to learn the ways of presenters by embedding images into green screens and producing her own newscast to present new information to her class. Kayla’s class is currently learning about volcanoes.
Kayla’s teacher, Lynn Porter, believes strongly that the young girl who loves to teach others will one day also become a teacher.
“She is definitely going to be a teacher,” Porter said.
Porter describes Kayla as a “go-getter,” explaining Kayla’s attempt to perform the role of a teacher by setting up a small space in class and helping and testing her peers in their spelling words.
“It is nothing simple with Kayla,” her mother said.
Kayla’s star performance in her classroom pays off with a 4.0 overall grade point average. She has achieved that while taking part in many outside activities like sports, cheer, jazz and dance. Kayla manages to “balance” her time and energy, a fortunate trait of her daughter’s, her mother said.
“She wants to improve herself,” Kandarian said.
As young as she is, Kayla looks after her community in many ways.
From collecting items for the local food pantry to raising Pennies for Patients for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and even wrapping cookies to deliver to senior citizens at the local nursing home, Kayla makes helping a priority.
The “motivational” girl has been awarded the Bronze Presidential Service Learning Award for her countless hours of volunteer work. “It’s in her heart,” Kandarian said of the young girl who has earned the honor of Student of the Month in three consecutive years at her school.
At school, Kayla carries in her outside community service experience and utilizes her strength as a volunteer in the Safety Patrol team to make sure those around her practice safe habits.
Kandarian said, “She inspires those around her.”
Correction: The first version of this story did not display photos of Kayla Rose Kandarian.
School: Marshall Elementary, Fowler Unified
Parents: Kevin and Michelle Kandarian
Achievements: 4.0 GPA; Bronze Presidential Service Learning Award; Student of the Month honors
2nd GRADE HONORABLE MENTIONS
Natalie Marie Gonzalez, 8, Fowler
School: James Marshall Elementary School (Fowler Unified)
Parents: Jonathan and RoseAnn Gonzalez
Achievements: Natalie is described by her teacher, Theresa Phrachanshay, as a dynamic girl who knows how to succeed. Natalie reads at a third-grade level and is able to understand the Common Core mathematical strategies and apply them to equations. Natalie has earned the 2015 President Service Learning Award for logging a total of 300 volunteer service hours.
Benjamin Raber, 8, Lemoore
School: Cinnamon Elementary (Lemoore Union)
Parents: Dustin and Julee Dawn Raber
Achievements: Benjamin is a former Academic All-Star and is described as an exceptional child by his teacher, Theresa Morris-Terry. Through six surgeries, Morris-Terry said Benjamin continues to be a kind boy who puts others before himself. Morris-Terry said Benjamin is a boy anyone would like to call a friend.
Ryder Robesky, 8, Fresno
School: Dailey Elementary Charter School (Fresno Unified)
Parents: Valarie Robesky
Achievements: Ryder’s teacher, Alison Hudson, says he demonstrates the qualities of an All-Star at school. For the past two years, Ryder has earned a 4.0 grade point average and has earned a 217 reader level score. Hudson said she is most proud of Ryder for his kind, compassionate and modest attitude.
- Age: 7
- School: Marshall Elementary, Fowler Unified
- Home: Fowler
- Parents: Kevin and Michelle Kandarian