"Words about Danny from his teachers:
"Danny is a ray of light in the 8th grade! He is kind and inquisitive and a leader among his peers. The thing I most enjoy about teaching and knowing Danny is his willingness to help other students learn. If Danny finishes an assignment early, I can always count on him to help his neighbor or any classmate who is struggling. We are lucky to have Danny as part of our Caliber family!"
"Sometimes it feels like I learn as much from Danny as he learns from me. He possesses a rare wisdom that enriches each day's lesson and discussion. Most impressive, though, is Danny's moral compass and the fearlessness with which he articulates his world view. I am a better educator and better person because of the time that I have spent with this young man."
"Danny is such a great example of the kind of person we want our students to be. He is a helpful, kind, and considerate member of our community that is also a rockstar in the classroom. His schoolwork and contributions to class discussions are consistently thoughtful and sophisticated. Danny is always keepin' it classy and is just fun to be around; he's one of my favorite people to run into during lunch or after school."
A recent interview with Danny :
What is your favorite thing about going to school at Caliber?
It’s different, we have a better schedule. In my other school, our classes were hard, but the timing was awful because we didn't have enough time to learn well in such a short amount of time. Even the weekly schedule was bad, Caliber has the short days on Friday and that’s great!
What is your favorite subject?
My favorite subject has to be math. Mr. Heath is a really great teacher because he doesn’t give up on anybody. He pushes us to our greatest potential and he’s very hardworking. He makes sure that all his students are strong, he’s not too strict, but not too lenient. He knows when students need to be disciplined and this makes him cool!
What is your favorite memory associated with music?
I like songs with feeling, especially the ones from Coco. My little sister had the movie on repeat and the music was always playing in the background. Music has become very important to me and I can feel the meaning behind it.
If you could go on a dream vacation, what would you do + where would you go?
If I could go on a dream vacation, I would go to Oaxaca, Mexico. I want to go there because it’s culturally rich. I've been there before and I think that building homes there is important. Corner stores have homes on top where entire families live, so working takes over peoples lives. If there were homes built around the business, not two in one, this would give everyone their lives back.
What is your favorite thing about the Bay Area?
My favorite part about Richmond is that there is a sense of community. You can say "hi"to your neighbor and you feel welcomed. You don’t have to fear the people you live next to.
What is one thing that nobody knows about you?
I feel like people know a lot about me, but they don’t know that I am the 4th out of 6 kids!
Keep shining, Danny! We are happy to have you be part of our Caliber community!!