Tami Kim, Lakewood Rotary Club’s Student of the Month for March, is living proof that the math portion of the WASL or other tests isn’t a handicap to everyone.
Her score on the math portion of the Pre-Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) was perfect and she now manages an after-school tutoring program that helps other Lakes High School students with the complexities of learning, absorbing and demonstrating proficiency in math.
Tami came to Lakewood from Korea with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Kwangsu Kim, when she was in the sixth grade and attended Hudtloff Middle School before going to Lakes.
In addition to her math prowess, Kim is an award-winning member of the Distributive Education Club of America (DECA).
The Rotary Club’s Student of the Month earned credentials for being a peer math tutor by receiving straight A math grades and she maintains a 3.99 cumulative grade point average. As a result, she is a National Merit Scholarship Program finalist.
Her Advanced Placement calculus teacher praises her drive, organization and intelligence. “She’s the most driven young person I have ever known,” says math teacher Ray Kurtz. “Her math tutoring program started because Tami realized that many fellow Lakes students could benefit from it. She recruited friends and other math students, organized schedules and met with teaches to create this math student tutoring program.”
Lakewood Rotary meets Friday noons at Tacoma Country & Golf Club. The 130-member club has been a leader in community service in the area for more than 50 years.