Surrounded by eager kindergartners, 11-year-old Valerie Pucko is self-assured. As she reads to them, their rapt eyes meet her caring watch.
In this Spencer County Elementary School classroom, you’d nearly take Pucko for the teacher. A few steps away, Jessica Wood is keeping an eye on her students. But she knows Pucko’s got this.
Seeing that Ms. Wood is busy, Pucko rises instantly when the phone rings. Without missing a beat, she takes the call and relays information from it to the appropriate student.