Westmoreland County STAR 3 program brings out best in Carson, sky’s the limit

CarsonCh-WestmorelandMy name is Megan Sliva, better known as Miss Megan to my students. I would like to take this opportunity to nominate Carson Chamberlain as a 2012 Shining Star. Carson was enrolled at the Barbara Thompson Center for two consecutive years. During this time, Carson was part of our Pre-Kindergarten class. Although he made great advances after only one year in the Pre-K program, Carson’s parents together with his teachers decided he would benefit even more from another year, allowing him to mature socially and develop academically. He is genuinely a sweet and caring young man whom I had the pleasure of teaching during his second year in the program.

During this time, Carson’s struggles slowly decreased and he became more comfortable in the school setting as well as more familiar with classroom behaviors and routines. In addition, it was apparent that Carson was developing a real love for learning. He started hitting all his benchmarks in both beginning math and pre-reading. He became very interested in the solar system, dinosaurs, and sharks. He enjoyed illustrating stories and journals as well as participating in classroom art projects. He is quite the little artist. Carson’s time in the program gave him an opportunity to grow and flourish before advancing into Kindergarten at the Derry Area School District.

Carson is now a 2nd grade student at Grandview Elementary School. He has continued to strive to be the best he can be. He is just as polite and caring as he was while in our program. He still loves dinosaurs and is hoping to become a paleontologist when he grows up. In addition, I am so excited to report that he is currently receiving straight A’s and reading at a 4th grade level. He enjoys reading “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” to his younger sister, Allie, and little brother, Dawson. Carson is not just a whiz kid; he is also becoming quite an athlete. He loves being involved in recreational soccer, basketball, and little league baseball. In addition, Carson enjoys spending time with his Grandfather fishing and camping.

I am very lucky to have the opportunity to see Carson at some of his sporting events and am always thrilled to sit down with his mom, Colleen, and dad, David, to hear about his successes. I respect and applaud Carson’s family for doing whatever it took to give him the start he needed to grow. I am honored to have been a part of Carson’s journey and am confident that he will be SHINING bright in the future.

Megan Sliva, Carson’s teacher at Carson Chamberlain’s teacher at Barbara Thompson Early Literacy Center, Westmoreland County


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