Leo has been attending King George (and in my Math class) for the past two years. And, over that time, he has proven himself to be one of the highest achieving Math students in our school. I certainly can't claim to have played much of a role in Leo's Mathematical excellence. He almost never asks me for help. And when he does... well, here is an example from just last week:
Leo (pointing to big complicated logarithm question): How do I do this one?
Me: Okay, well, let's start by looking at the left side of the equation. What we...
Leo (interrupting): Oh, I get it now.
Hahaha! Glad I could help, Leo.
Leo is also a really great guy. He always greets me warmly when he arrives to class, and says goodbye when he leaves. In fact, I can think of many times when Leo is simply walking down the hallway and just pops in to say "hello". Thanks, Leo. I honestly appreciate it every time!
I have also seen Leo's willingness to help other students with their math difficulties, whether it is in PreCalc class or as a tutor at one of the elementary schools. Talk about a good person to go to for help!
I have to share one story about Leo, even though it is going to make me look like an awful teacher. When Leo first arrived in my PreCalculus 11 class, he introduced himself as "Leo"; he never spoke of his "Chinese name". Somehow, over the first few months, I managed to get confused about what his Chinese name actually was. I ended up getting it mixed up with another student's Chinese name (this student has the same last name as Leo). Anyway, fast-forward to the first report card. When we enter marks in the computer, there are only birth names: so there was no "Leo".
I assume you see what is coming...
I MIXED UP THE TWO STUDENT'S MARKS!!! Poor Leo had somewhere around 99% (maybe higher) and ended up getting assigned a mark which was significantly lower. But Leo being the nice guy he is, did not come racing into my class to scream and yell. Instead he casually sauntered in and suggested: "there may be a mistake on my report card". It was really, really embarrassing for me (and inexcusable) and I sure appreciated Leo being so understanding about it at the time. I now know - FOREVER more - that Leo's birth name is Mengtai!!
Leo, I'm not sure what your plans are for after you graduate but if you have ANY interest in continuing with Mathematics, I can promise you that you would be successful with it. You are an extremely capable, organized, and (when required) determined student. But I still think your best quality is your kindness! All the best, Leo!