EXCELLING, CONFIDENT AFTER A SLOW START
June 24, 2007
(Phoenix, AZ)Author: Karina Bland, The Arizona Republic Estimated printed pages:
The area near Creighton Elementary School in Phoenix is a first stop for
immigrants coming from Mexico. They stay with family or friends and then, when
they are able to afford to buy a home, they move.
Jackeline Rodriquez was one who got away, moving to west Phoenix at the end of
first grade and taking her potentially good state test scores with her.
Now a third-grader at Sevilla Primary School in Phoenix, she's in a fourth-grade
In first grade at Creighton, Jackeline would gulp when asked to read aloud.
It was hard enough learning to read and in a second language, but Jackeline also
was painfully shy.
She would read so quietly that her teacher, Beatriz Webb, would lean forward to
There's no sign of that shyness now.
In her reading class at Sevilla, Jackeline laughs out loud at the antics of the
main character in Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days by Stephen Manes.
"I like reading because I like to know about what's in the books," the
Jackeline started third grade behind in reading, her reading teacher, Rhonda
Anderson, says, but this kind of growth is not unusual with the school's Success
for All program, which groups students by ability for reading instruction.
Jackeline does her homework religiously and reads for at least 20 minutes a day.
She sits at the kitchen table, where her mother can hear her read aloud.
Jackeline says it's good practice: "You can learn how to read better without
getting stuck on words."
CAPTION: Jackeline Rodriquez left Creighton after first grade and now attends
Sevilla Primary School. She started third grade behind in reading but is now in
a fourth-grade reading class.
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