“There was nothing more that I wanted to do than to protect you.”

For students who are struggling, sometimes the difference between success and failure can start when a teacher takes the time to listen.

In these two stories from our National Teacher’s Initiative, teachers go beyond the classroom to help their kids.

In 2004, Kate Musick (L) was teaching third grade at T.C. Walker Elementary school in Gloucester, Virginia. When Harleé Patrick (R) walked into the room, Musick saw a troubled child.

Harleé is now a teenager, and the two came to StoryCorps to talk about how she made it through that year.

The second story comes from Los Angeles, where 19-year-old Jose Catalan, who is studying to become a math teacher, sat down with his former high school teacher Carlos Vizcarra to talk about how they became friends.

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Recorded in Hampton, Virginia
Produced by Jud Esty-Kendall
Facilitated by Gaspar Caro and Kevin Oliver
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