Heather with heather
I, like Kelly, started kindergarten a year early, although unlike her I was always the smallest of my classmates and often the most timid.
Even though I cried every day during math in third grade (and was ridiculed by my teacher for it), I also remember him passing around my research reports on Colombia and raccoons (two separate reports, not one about Colombian raccoons) to other teachers to show as a good example.
4th grade, I think
In sixth grade I was identified as a GATE kid and went to a separate classroom for math(!) with two other kids.
In middle school I got straight A's and while things didn't necessary come easily to me, I had the determination and confidence to push through until I succeeded.
It's around that time that everything started to fall apart.
to be continued...