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Completing the “Parent Homework” a teacher sent home for my sixth grader reminded me of my why.

Dear Mrs. Motte:

Luke McDonell is an amazing kid! He is a really hard worker, full of determination and willing to try new things. For example, a year ago, he had only skated a few times and decided he wanted to play hockey. Without a lot of experience, he went for it. After a lot of hard work, and an uncanny drive and fire about him, he scored several goals and became an outstanding player by the end of the season. He is a smart kid, who does not settle. His goal is to be the best that he can in every area of his life. We have high expectations for him since he is capable of great things, and has a lot of ability as an athlete, student and person. However, there are times that he does put a lot of pressure on himself to be perfect.

He is involved in several sports and activities throughout the year. But, Luke does an amazing job realizing that school is a top priority. He is very success driven, and has plans for college. He thinks of owning his own business one day. Luke does an amazing job making connections, and really is curious about a lot of things. It is very normal for him to ask a lot of questions.

He is a good student, and a pretty traditional learner. However, I have noticed that Luke does really well when he has had time to study, and practice what he needs to learn. He is one of the hardest working people I know, and enjoys Derek Jeter’s philosophy, that you can outwork anyone. He will be successful.

I hope you enjoy working with Luke as much as we do. Thank you for the opportunity to talk about such an amazing kid!


Laura McDonell

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I am a wife, mother, educator, writer, reader and marathon runner. I blog at and chase my impossible. Follow me on Twitter at @lmcdonell14

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