Name: Malak Mchaimezh
Accomplishment: For fourth-grader Malak Mchaimezh, helping out other students who are having trouble learning crucial math and English skills is second nature.
Mchaimezh, a student at Becker Elementary, has become a self-proclaimed tutor at the school.
“I help other students with math problems,” said Mchaimezh. “I also help the teacher translate–we have some students that are new (to the United States). I like to translate the words for them.”
At Becker, many of the students are first-generation immigrants and must undergo a learning curve to master several subjects, at least initially, until they become more proficient in English.
Mchaimezh said she enjoys helping other students.
“It makes me feel good to help the other students,” she said. “I also like helping my teacher.”
Key to awesomeness: Math is a subject that seems to come easily for Mchaimezh, but she understands that this isn’t always the case for other students.
“Most of the problems I help (students) with are multiplication and division,” she said.
Another subject Mchaimezh enjoys is science, which is an increasingly important part of elementary school curriculums given the emphasis on science in education today.
“I like science because we get to do experiments to find out what works,” she said. “It’s a lot of fun.”
When she’s not in the classroom, Mchaimezh enjoys spending time with her family, and has taken up writing and journaling in her spare time.
“I like to write about my day and about all of my friends,” she said.
Additionally, Mchaimezh said she likes to read “lost and lots of books.”
Mchaimezh said she is not sure what she would like to do when she grows up.
Mchaimezh is the daughter of Abraham Mchaimezh and Rabab Aoun of Dearborn.
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