Harry Potter Taught Linda How To Read. This Girl Is Magic.
A lifelong Harry Potter fan, Linda Rand is now an avid reader who started at Balboa Middle School as a 6th grader after moving from the United Arab Emirates speaking almost no English. With help from her English teacher Kirsten Neumann and a translator, she dove in, learning a new language, adjusting to a co-educational environment, and learning to embrace feeling different in her hijab, and taking the lead in educating her classmates about her religion. Her quiet tenacity has brought her a number of accolades as a kind, engaged, and outstanding student. She has been a straight-A student from day one and has earned more Accelerated Reader points than any other student in the history of Balboa Middle School, thanks in large part, to her zest for J.K. Rowlings’ magic tales of a magician who was just a little different, but eventually found his community with the help of a few friends and some very dedicated teachers. Just like Harry, this girl is magic.