Kendall Talks Ballet and her Success at Tesseract School

Interview by Abby Wilkes, Tesseract student

Q. How long have you been at Tesseract and what is your favorite memory?
I have been at Tesseract since fifth grade, and this is my last year, since I am an 8th grader. My favorite memory is going on the school trips, because it is a way to connect with your friends and teachers outside of school. My favorite trip so far has been the Costa Rica trip, because we learned so much and I was able to experience a completely different lifestyle outside of the United States.
Q. What are some things that are different between Tesseract and other schools?
Tesseract has a very individualized teaching method, and since the classes are so small, each student gets a lot of personal attention and everybody is friends with everybody. All of the Tesseract teachers are really nice and you get to know them very well, and they are really easy to talk to. There isn’t much homework, so I don’t really feel stressed out. They believe that people do have lives outside of school and they want you to branch out beyond school. The learning at Tesseract is very accommodating to different people’s learning abilities. I have learned so much here and I feel very prepared for high school.
Q. How does Tesseract accommodate your extracurricular activities?
Tesseract is extremely accommodating with my extracurricular activities. I am a ballet dancer, and my schedule is very busy. I dance for six days a week, four hours a night with long rehearsals. Most of the time, my ballet classes start before school ends. Tesseract understands that ballet is a passion of mine, which I wish to pursue when I grow up. I get to leave early when I need to, as long as I stay on top of my work. Because I don’t get too much homework, I am able to get everything done without having to be stressed out about whether or not I am getting enough sleep, or if I have finished all my homework.
Q. What do you like to do outside of school?
Besides ballet, whenever I have free time, I like to draw, hang out with my friends and family, and watch movies and football. I like to spend time with my younger brother, Jesse, and occasionally play football with my twin brother, Drew.
Q. What are your life’s ambitions?
I would like to go to college at Santa Clara University because one of my favorite authors, Francisco Jimenez, works there as a teacher of literature. When I grow up, I will strive to be a professional ballerina in the company of Ballet Arizona, where I am currently practicing. Because ballet is a short career and ends when you are about 30, another profession I would like to pursue is to be an archaeologist and travel around the world, looking for lost civilizations.
Q. What are you looking forward to during your last year at Tesseract?
I am looking forward to the trip to Washington D.C. and Philadelphia in April. I am especially looking forward to being able to say I accomplished my IRP, the Individual Research Project, which all eighth graders must complete. Although it is very time-consuming, I enjoy learning about overconsumption of sugar, which is the topic I decided to research. It taught me about different health defects and to really watch the amount of hidden sugar I consume. Another thing I’m excited about is making my own project to sell at this year’s Mercado, our Latin American market. I hope I will be able to make soap, because it seems like a challenge, yet it should be fun.
Q. What are your thoughts about going to high school in a few months?
High school right now seems so far away, but it is only a few months away. I am honestly terrified, but prepared to go to either of my high school choices. The high schools I would like to attend are Arcadia High School or ASA. Whichever one I pick, I know I will be very prepared and ready for whatever comes my way. I’m super excited to be able to say I am a freshman in high school. Although I know that no high school will be as amazing and academically fitted for me as Tesseract has been, I feel like I have had a lot of preparation from my years here.
Q. What are some things you are proud to have completed during your middle school years?
I have made so many new friends that I know will last a lifetime. I am proud to say I have accomplished my life goal to understand Algebra 1. I know there is still a lot to learn, but I am glad to say I have a very expansive knowledge of math. When I first came to Tesseract and met my Spanish teacher, Mrs. Tolman, she asked me what I wanted to be able to accomplish from then until the time I left Tesseract. I replied that I wanted to have the ability to have a conversation with a fluent Spanish speaker and be grammatically correct in everything I say. I am ecstatic to say that I can now have a conversation completely in Spanish, and I couldn’t have done it without my fabulous Spanish teacher. At Tesseract, I have traveled around the country and even to Costa Rica, and learned so much about different cultures, biodiversity, poverty and more. These trips have expanded my knowledge tremendously.

Kendall is an eighth grader at Tesseract School.



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