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Gifted student skips second grade: Books before toys

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Tamera Brown's mom, Bridget Turntine, and her grandparents, David and Cathy McCoy, beam with pride and joy at the accomplishments of their prodigious daughter and granddaughter. Approaching the end of her first grade year at LoveWorks Academy, the family was informed by school officials that Tamera, 7, at that time at second grade level in Reading, Math, Spanish, and Science, would likely progress to Third Grade level before the end of the academic year. Photo: Tamera Brown

Tamera Brown's mom, Bridget Turntine, and her grandparents, David and Cathy McCoy, beam with pride and joy at the accomplishments of their prodigious daughter and granddaughter. Approaching the end of her first grade year at LoveWorks Academy, the family was informed by school officials that Tamera, 7, at that time at second grade level in Reading, Math, Spanish, and Science, would likely progress to Third Grade level before the end of the academic year.

"Her ability to progress through First Grade at such a fast pace has proven to me that she will be at a Third Grade level before the end of this school year," wrote Kyna Bate-Boyle, 1st and 2nd Grade teacher at LoveWorks Academy, 2225 Zenith Av. N., Golden Valley.

The letter went on to inform Tamera's parents that Tamera would be placed in Third Grade at the beginning of the new school year. "She has shown great academic growth in all academic areas. We are very proud of Tamera and everything that she has accomplished," Bate-Boyle said.

Proud? Yes. Surprised? No. Grandmom Cathy McCoy said, "Tamera loves to read. She will ask for a book before she asks for a toy. We want to let her know that we love her and we are very proud of her!"

LoveWorks Academy for Visual & Performing Arts is a K-8 charter school that emphasizes strong academics and extraordinary arts curriculum. For information: 763-522-6830 or online at www.loveworksacademy.org.
 

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