This is Donatien. He’s 14 going on 40. He’s the class monitor and takes his responsibilities very seriously — officiously presenting me with homework assignments he’s collected and hitting other kids to tell them to be quiet during class. I think his dark skin and fine features are very striking, don’t you? Also, his English is great. I asked students to suggest verbs for an activity once and he came up with “to beseech.” He’s a great kid.