"At my mother's wake, someone said, 'Johnny, your teacher's here.'"
"I should have died at age 19."
"As if high school is not hard enough..."
"I worked harder than I have ever thought of working."
"I went home that first night, and I was like, 'What am I doing?'"
"There was nothing more that I wanted to do than to protect you."
"I felt like a walking star in the hallway."
"Do you remember your first day being a teacher?"
"I'm curious how I could have reached out to you better?"
"If just one of them gets through, they may save us all."
"In my old school, I never went to class."
"At the time, I was tutoring at an after-school program..."
"He said, 'You make sure you call that teacher.'"
"I do the decorating, paperwork, whatever law enforcement's needed."
"He never said anything good about my writing."
"I wasn't like other kids."