My Student, Felix Rodriguez

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.


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