Northwest ISD Student Spotlights for Saturday, February 9, 2019

Published Saturday, February 9, 2019
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Abecca Espinoza

Abecca Espinoza

Grade: 5

Parents: Sonia Vidana and Juan Espinoza

Favorite subjects: physical education and math

Hobbies: “I like to do math and problem solving. I like to play soccer.”

“Abecca has shined by finding her genius. She is a model leader.” – Principal Yolanda Wallace


Cadence Fleischer

Cadence Fleischer

Grade: 8

Parents: Kimberly and Eric Fleischer

Favorite subjects: history, science and art

Hobbies: Co-President of X-STEAM, attends Newark City Council meetings, reads with students at Prairie View Elementary, hiking, cooking, President of Student Council, Treasurer of NJHS, Destination Imagination and helps manage the CTMS Clothes Closet.

“Cadence is a leader with a heart for service. She serves in many capacities in and out of school that show the outstanding person she is. Cadence is a joy to have on our campus, and we are proud to spotlight such an all-around amazing student!” – Principal Matrice Raven


Anna Thornell

Anna Thornell

Grade: 10

Parents: Jenness and Robert Thornell

Favorite subject: “English. I love reading!”

Hobbies: two-year letterman in varsity tennis, theater, Book Club, reading. She’s been in two Northwest plays, “Bandersnatch” and “Best Christmas Pageant Ever.”

“Anna is an outstanding NHS student, athlete, and actor who has a passion for reading and a love of books. She is a positive and respected role model in and out of the classroom. As a member of the NHS Book Club, she is preparing to lead NHS in the NISD Battle of the Books competition. Anna represents what it means to be a Texan through her hard work, dedication, positive attitude and determination.” – Principal Carrie Jackson


Yari Kemp

Yari Kemp

Position: seventh and eighth grade math teacher

Family: Husband Landon Kemp; parents Yester and Scotty Whitsett

Experience: 6 years

Hobbies: gardening, reading, crocheting and spending time with family and friends

Why did you choose education as a profession?: “I became a teacher to offer hope, build confidence and share a positive perspective with students and fellow colleagues on a daily basis. I love facilitating my students’ growth and witnessing their ‘lightbulb’ moments when they understand new concepts. Thank you, Northwest ISD, for the opportunity to be a part of these children’s lives and make a difference in their tomorrow.”

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