A piece which should give encouragement to any of those throsannds of heroes who might have forgotten the good they can do and the difference they can make in young people’s lives.
Teachers strive to care equally about each of the students they teach. For most of us however, some students just stand out and profoundly influenced our lives.
Years ago, I had a young Hispanic boy in my first year chemistry class who I will never forget. Our experiences together impressed upon me the tremendous influence that just a few minutes of attention and affirmation can have on a young life.
Juan came from a very poor, single parent home. Hardship had made Juan’s mother disinterested in his education and in his life in general. All of her time had to be devoted to a roof over their heads and food on the table.
Throughout the year, I noticed that Juan had an unusual ability to solve equations and to correlate abstract relationships between concepts. Juan picked up new ideas as fast as any student I’ve…
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