Dexter Fourth Grader Jasmine Pedro-Juarez Named YR’s January Youth of the Month

When it comes to lending a hand to her fellow students, 10 year-old Jasmine Pedro-Juarez constantly goes above and beyond. The Dexter Elementary School fourth grader is already considered by her peers as a natural leader and a helping hand in the classroom, dedicating much of her time and energy to helping fellow students.

“My students know she is the go-to girl if they need help,” said Jasmine’s teacher and nominator, Karen Nutt. “She doesn’t just give answers, she explains how to get to the solutions. Jasmine is an inspiration to my whole class. She comes to school every day with a smile on her face and a positive attitude.”

Within Nutt’s classroom, Jasmine has become a personal tutor to one student in particular.

“He uses a computer for all his writing and assignments, but when it comes time to do note taking or something that his computer doesn’t work for Jasmine does double the work. She will take her notes and then instantly go and write for him in his journal. She makes sure he is in her group every time we move seats and has assumed the role of his peer tutor. I never worry whether he is getting what he needs, because Jasmine makes sure of that. This is a role she has taken on by herself, and I feel she has done it because of what has been instilled in her growing up,” Nutt said.

It is obvious Jasmine’s family plays a huge role in her selfless attitude and positive outlook. She noted her family and mentioned her mother as one of her biggest inspirations.

“My mom is an inspiration to me. She always wants what is best for me,” Jasmine said. “I am proud that my family is living here and inspiring me to do well and learn, so that I can go on to college.”

Jasmine also inspires many others around her, both in and out of the classroom. Jasmine, who is fluent is both English and Spanish offers her skills to others in need.

“She is so sweet and always helps me when I need an interpreter,” said Dexter secretary Michelle Brasher. Jasmine’s teachers and the Dexter staff described her as selfless, kind and patient.

Jasmine not only helps within her own fourth grade class room and with interpreting, but also dedicates her recess time to tutoring kindergarten students.

“Jasmine has been a great asset to my kindergarten classroom. She volunteers three days a week of her own recess time to help my students wherever they are struggling. She doesn’t need to be told what to do. If we are in the middle of an activity, Jasmine comes right in and begins monitoring and helping the students as needed. She always has a smile on her face and gives 100% everyday. She is an encouraging tutor and excellent role model for all of my students,” said kindergarten teacher Brandi Todrank.

Jasmine was originally drawn to helping the kindergarten class because she wanted to help her brother and his fellow students. Like most teachers, she loves watching the students she tutors realize their accomplishments and achieve their goals in the classroom.

“I enjoy getting to know the person, learn who they are, what they like to do, and help them accomplish their goals,” Jasmine said.

It’s no surprise that teaching is in Jasmine’s future plans.

“I would like to be an art teacher, because art inspires me. I want to see other kids being happy and doing the right thing. I want to see kids learning new things. I think I will be good because I have learned from the best teachers, and I have wanted to do this for a long time,” Jasmine said.

To nominate a student ages 5-18 for Youth of the Month, click here.