After Chelsea Haley graduated from the University of Georgia, she interned in Washington D.C. She sat in on meetings about education and policies that would affect the future of education in the U.S. she decided to join Teach for America, signing a two-year deal and ending up in Baton Rouge, LA.
It was a decision that would not only change her life but the lives of an entire family.
Teach for America is “a national corps of leaders who commit to teaching in low-income schools and work to increase their students’ opportunities in life.”
Chelsea certainly succeeded in the latter.
One of her fourth-grade students, Jerome Robinson, was incredibly challenging for not just Chelsea, but all of his teachers.
He frequently resisted his teachers’ instructions, fought with the school’s authority figures, refused to do any work, and was suspended numerous times.
At one point, Chelsea considered quitting altogether and going back home to Georgia.
“At certain points, his behavior got so bad,” Chelsea said, “I thought, ‘I can’t do this anymore. I can’t be a teacher.'”
She stuck it out, however, and two little boys are glad she did.
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