"I didn't think I would ever tell a teacher..."

Aaron tells his teacher Celeste-Davis Carr, about revealing his homelessness during a StoryCorpsU recording.
Recorded in Chicago, Illinois
Aaron tells his teacher Celeste-Davis Carr, about revealing his homelessness during a StoryCorpsU recording.
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Recorded in Chicago, Illinois
Produced by
Nadia Reiman

Facilitated by
Alicia Williams

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Angels & Mentors
Growing Up
Struggle
Teachers

"You showed me that I'm not alone."

Rogelio Martinez talks to his former dance teacher, Lisa Moya King, about how she helped him through abuse at home.
Recorded in Dallas, Texas
Rogelio Martinez talks to his former dance teacher, Lisa Moya King, about how she helped him through abuse at home.
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Recorded in Dallas, Texas
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Stephanie Burton

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Friendship
Historias
Teachers

"At my mother's wake, someone said, 'Johnny, your teacher's here.'"

John Cruitt speaks with his former third grade teacher, Cecile Doyle, about how she helped him through his mother's death.
Recorded in Monroe, New York
John Cruitt speaks with his former third grade teacher, Cecile Doyle, about how she helped him through his mother's death.
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Recorded in Monroe, New York
Produced by
Katie Simon with Michael Garofalo

Facilitated by
John White

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Growing Up
Teachers
Work

"I should have died at age 19."

Special education teacher Ken Rensink tells his friend Laurel Hill-Ward how surviving a near-fatal car crash has influenced his teaching.
Recorded in California, Chico
Special education teacher Ken Rensink tells his friend Laurel Hill-Ward how surviving a near-fatal car crash has influenced his teaching.
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Recorded in Chico, California
Produced by
Jud Esty-Kendall

Facilitated by
Dana Glass

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Identity
Teachers
Work

"As if high school is not hard enough..."

Twenty-three-year-old Tierra Jackson talks to John Horan, the president of her high school, about what her life was like when they first met.
Recorded in Chicago, Illinois
Twenty-three-year-old Tierra Jackson talks to John Horan, the president of her high school, about what her life was like when ...
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Recorded in Chicago, Illinois
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Yasmin Peña

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Friendship
Growing Up
Teachers

"I worked harder than I have ever thought of working."

Three stories about student mentors called "Chasers" who do whatever it takes to get their kids to class.
Recorded in California, Pasadena
Three stories about student mentors called "Chasers" who do whatever it takes to get their kids to class.
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Recorded in Pasadena, California
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher, Jud Esty-Kendall, Anita Rao, Brian Reed & Katie Simon

Facilitated by
Jasmyn Belcher

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Friendship
Historias
Teachers

"I went home that first night, and I was like, 'What am I doing?'"

Tyrese Graham remembers his first day as a teacher at John Marshall Metropolitan High School in Chicago, IL.
Recorded in Chicago, Illinois
Tyrese Graham remembers his first day as a teacher at John Marshall Metropolitan High School in Chicago, IL.
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Recorded in Chicago, Illinois
Produced by
Anita Rao

Facilitated by
Naomi Greene

In Partnership with
New Teacher Project - Chicago

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Griot
Teachers
Work

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

Two stories about teachers who went beyond the classroom to help their kids.
Recorded in Hampton, Virginia
Produced by
Jud Esty-Kendall

Facilitated by
Gaspar Caro and Kevin Oliver

In Partnership with
WHRO and PBS SoCal

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Friendship
Growing Up
Historias
Teachers
Work

"I felt like a walking star in the hallway."

Raul Bravo tells his former high school automotive teacher, Clairene Terry, how she inspired him to stay in school.
Recorded in Chicago, Illinois
Raul Bravo tells his former high school automotive teacher, Clairene Terry, how she inspired him to stay in school.
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Recorded in Chicago, Illinois
Produced by
Anita Rao and Katie Simon

Facilitated by
Anita Rao

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Teachers
Work

"Do you remember your first day being a teacher?"

16-year-old Jamie Marks interviews her former kindergarten teacher Ron Cushman about choosing his career after being wounded in Vietnam.
Recorded in Bothell, Washington
16-year-old Jamie Marks interviews her former kindergarten teacher Ron Cushman about choosing his career after being wounded in Vietnam.
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Recorded in Bothell, Washington
Produced by
Katie Simon with Anita Rao

Facilitated by
Jasmyn Belcher

Topics
Military
Teachers

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

Antero Garcia talks to his former student Roger Alvarez who dropped out during his senior year of high school.
Recorded in California, Culver City
Antero Garcia talks to his former student Roger Alvarez who dropped out during his senior year of high school.
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Recorded in Culver City, California
Produced by
Brian Reed

Facilitated by
Jasmyn Belcher Morris

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Historias
Struggle
Teachers

"If just one of them gets through, they may save us all."

John Hunter talks with two former students about what they learned playing the World Peace Game, which he created.
John Hunter talks with two former students about what they learned playing the World Peace Game, which he created.
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Produced by
Katie Simon and Brian Reed

Facilitated by
Matt Herman, Naomi Greene

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Griot
Growing Up
Teachers
Work

"In my old school, I never went to class."

Meliza Arellano tells Sarah Benko, her former seventh-grade teacher, about how she became a serious student.
Recorded in New York, New York City
Meliza Arellano tells Sarah Benko, her former seventh-grade teacher, about how she became a serious student.
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Brian Reed

Facilitated by
Yazmín Peña

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Growing Up
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Teachers
Work

"At the time, I was tutoring at an after-school program..."

Ayodeji Ogunniyi remembers how the murder of his father led him to a new career.
Recorded in Chicago, Illinois
Ayodeji Ogunniyi remembers how the murder of his father led him to a new career.
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Recorded in Chicago, Illinois
Produced by
Brian Reed

Facilitated by
Naomi Greene

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Griot
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"He said, 'You make sure you call that teacher.'"

Neurosurgeon Lee Buono and his eighth grade science teacher, Al Siedlecki, remember reconnecting after more than 15 years.
Recorded in Medford, New Jersey
Neurosurgeon Lee Buono and his eighth grade science teacher, Al Siedlecki, remember reconnecting after more than 15 years.
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Recorded in Medford, New Jersey
Produced by
Brian Reed

Facilitated by
Daniel Littlewood

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Teachers
Work

"I do the decorating, paperwork, whatever law enforcement's needed."

Warren Weems (R), who is a teacher's aide in his wife, Robin's, first-grade classroom, is interviewed by his son Jason (L).
Recorded in Baltimore, Maryland
Warren Weems (R), who is a teacher's aide in his wife, Robin's, first-grade classroom, is interviewed by his son Jason (...
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Recorded in Baltimore, Maryland
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Carolina Correa

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Griot
Teachers
Work

"He never said anything good about my writing."

Author Walter Dean Myers talks about his father in an interview with his son Christopher Myers.
Recorded in Brooklyn, New York
Author Walter Dean Myers talks about his father in an interview with his son Christopher Myers.
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Recorded in Brooklyn, New York
Produced by
Katie Simon

Facilitated by
Matt Herman

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Griot
Growing Up
Teachers

"I wasn't like other kids."

Nineteen-year-old Noe Rueda (R) talks to his high school economics teacher, Alex Fernandez (L), about growing up poor in Chicago.
Recorded in Madison, Wisconsin
Nineteen-year-old Noe Rueda (R) talks to his high school economics teacher, Alex Fernandez (L), about growing up poor in Chicago.
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Recorded in Madison, Wisconsin
Produced by
Michael Garofalo

Facilitated by
Daniel Littlewood

In Partnership with
WPR

Topics
Angels & Mentors
Growing Up
Historias
Struggle
Teachers