2019 "Pass the Torch" Scholarship Finalist
Growing up, Michael Raines was more concerned with survival than with education. From an impoverished family where “no-one made it out of eighth grade,” he was struggling at school and felt overlooked by teachers unwilling to see past his tough reputation. Mrs. Garrett changed all that, taking a personal interest in him and encouraging him to persist when he felt he couldn’t possibly succeed. As a teacher, Michael aims to likewise support students who are struggling, reminding educators of the importance of recognizing the complex home situations which often underlie student disaffection.
Here is Michael's story about Mrs. Garrett, the teacher who inspired him.
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