Memphis teacher Casey Jones writes an inspiring story in Education Week Teacher. In short, she says teachers can make a difference, despite a student's impoverished background.
No doubt it's hard work.
Jones, who teaches in an alternative environment, goes above and beyond everyday. She calls parents to regularly make sure their children will be present at school. She grades revised essays nightly to provide students' with immediate feedback.
It's paid off for her students. Many who had almost given up have graduated. Younger ones have mastered Common Core skills.
As she says, "Students, teachers, and administrators cannot use poverty as an excuse.
We have to see through it and teach students how to maneuver around
their obstacles. Our optimism becomes their hope."
Teachers like Jones are, indeed, our hope.