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Broadfording senior already training to teach

December 03, 2007

Broadfording Christian Academy student Amber Grimm plans to be a teacher and is already getting some valuable experience.

Amber regularly volunteers her time to help younger students with their homework, and makes it her business to find out whether they have done well on quizzes and tests, according to an academy news release.

She has built a good rapport with members of the junior high and varsity soccer teams at the academy and helps her father, David Grimm, coach both teams. Her tutoring began when one of the soccer players was put on academic probation for low grades. She knew the team needed him, so she committed to helping the student with his schoolwork, the release said.

With her help, the student's grades improved.

"It was awesome to see his grades come up," she said.

The word has spread regarding Amber's tutoring abilities and now she helps several students by providing the extra assistance they need to stay on track, according to the release.

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Her tutoring techniques are proving to be successful.

One student was trying to learn vocabulary words, one of which was the word "morose," which means to be gloomy. Amber told the student to think of Eeyore from "Winnie the Pooh" stories.

"I am having so much fun with the whole story technique. I try to help the students remember things by creating stories that will help them to remember a certain word or to make a certain association with something they are learning. I'll hear the students in the hallways laughing and saying things like 'Eeyore! Eeyore! He really was a morose guy,'" Amber said.

She also has helped students with their math and science homework.

Amber plans to attend Shepherd University after graduating in May. She plays year-round soccer, as well as basketball for her school. She has coached Little League soccer in Williamsport.

"She really enjoys being around younger kids and will make a wonderful teacher one day," said high school guidance coordinator Elizabeth Luhn. "It's been very touching to see Amber reach out to her younger peers and to take on such a meaningful role her senior year of high school. The younger students really look up to her."

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