June 20, 2024

Kimberly Newman-Curtis doesn’t consider herself a hero, but her actions on Monday may have saved a Collegiate Prep second grader’s life.

“It was another day of work for me,” said Newman-Curtis, who teaches Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) at the campus.

Newman-Curtis was working cafeteria duty on Monday for second and fifth grade classes, when a group of second graders alerted her to a classmate that was choking on some bread.

“I performed the Heimlich Maneuver for about two minutes until the scholar was able to talk to me,” Newman-Curtis said. “I hadn’t had to do anything like that before. Everybody on our campus was trained in it at the beginning of the school year.”

Newman-Curtis acted quickly. When she first arrived, the scholar couldn’t talk, was hitting her chest and her eyes were tearing up.

“I am definitely grateful that she was there,” said Lexi Sanders, the scholar’s mother. “She was fast acting and knew what she was doing.”

Paramedics arrived after Newman-Curtis performed the Heimlich Maneuver.

“The situation took me a while to process – I just had to take a moment. I’m glad I was there” said Newman-Curtis, who is completing her sixth year at Collegiate Prep.