“I'm curious how I could have reached out to you better?”

Antero Garcia (R) taught Roger Alvarez (L) in his 9th grade English class at Manual Arts High School in Los Angeles.

Manual Arts has an official graduation rate of just 48 percent, and Roger was one of the students who didn’t make it through his senior year.

Roger dropped out in 2007 and hadn’t seen his former teacher until the two of them sat down together at StoryCorps.

Roger now works the night shift at a loading dock, and he says he still hopes to one day get his GED.

Recorded in Culver City, California
Produced by Jasmyn Belcher
Facilitated by Brian Reed
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