September 15, 2013 – When I taught fifth grade at Yates Arts in Education Magnet School in Schenectady, I had a student named Felix Rodriguez, who was very poised and focused, and he had a great attitude. One day, our physical education teacher Barbara Bachus called me aside and said, “The next time you come down with your class for phys. ed., stay for awhile. I want you to see how fast Felix Rodriguez can run.” I did hang around, and I was greatly impressed with Felix’s speed and quickness as he left his classmates in the dust on every sprint. This is the same Felix Rodriquez who is now a star running back for Schenectady High School. Felix was unstoppable on saturday night, leading his Patriots to a come from behind win over Bethlehem. The Pats were down 28-13 at halftime, but came back with a vengeance in the second half to pull out a 38-28 win. Felix rushed for 315 yards and scored four touchdowns. The speedy back scored on runs of 5, 80, 74, and 21 yards. A magnificent performance from my fifth grade student who is gifted both in the classroom and on the gridiron.