Beaverton Super Kids: Meet Super Student Elina
Elina is a super student because she was chosen to be an inspirational student speaker at the annual Kumon Instructor’s conference for Kumon North America. She is a reading program completer and should be completing the math program by the end of the summer, all before going into high school!
Elina is a competitive dancer, a black belt in Taekwondo, runs track and field and enjoys swimming. Along with that, Elina is also actively involved with school clubs like SchoolsNEXT, OBOB, MathCOUNTS, and Rotary Club). In 2017, she was a junior camp counselor for at the Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation centers, and this summer, she was chosen as a Beaverton City library volunteer to help children, teens, and adults sign up for their Summer Reading Program.
Kumon definitely receives the credit for our daughter’s independent study skills, advanced placement, and deeper understanding of mature topics in classes. Because of the caliber of work and the freedom given by her Kumon instructor Mrs. Bailey, at a young age Elina developed study skills beyond our shadowing (e.g taking it upon herself to complete her daily tasks for school and taking responsibility for her daily Kumon pages). Creating those habits helped her reach a very high level of academics in her middle school years.
In terms of mature topics, the Kumon Reading program (which she finished in March of 2016), exposed her to a new type of literature beyond what was being learned in her classes at the time; Shakespeare. Once Elina reached her 8th Grade English class, when they were learning Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, credit definitely goes to Kumon for teaching her the type of language, storylines, and juxtaposition of words ahead of time such that she would have a deeper understanding of the material the older she got.