Being a mentor


Leslie Simmons (right) helps a local elementary school student with her homework. Photo by B.A. Rupert

With her strong aptitude in math and science, Leslie Simmons was drawn to the actuarial field while in high school. Essential to the insurance industry, actuaries assess the risk of events occurring and help create policies for businesses and clients that minimize the cost of that risk.

It’s with that risk-assessment background that she’s helping younger students improve their academic performance through the “Mentoring Makes a Difference” after-school program.

“We spend time with kids once a week in middle or elementary school,” she says. “We play games with them and help them with their homework. I also do math tutoring for the student diversity programs office at Missouri S&T.”

As a student majoring in applied mathematics and economics at Missouri S&T, Simmons has enjoyed many of her classes, including linear algebra, differential equations and even painting. She says she’s also had to learn to be more responsible because “there’s nobody making you go to class or do your work.”

“Being on your own really helps you to grow up and appreciate all that your parents do for you,” she says.

By Mindy Limback

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