I found this to be such a riveting story that I had to reblog. Wow!
Here’s something I’ve learned: teachers are human.
They’re not superheroes or gods. Not saints or demons. They’re human beings, with flaws and weaknesses like all the rest of us.
Don Ward was a fine man who taught high school biology to undeserving students in the same crumbling, run-down building for forty-three years.
How bad was our school? When I was there, ceiling tiles used to fall crashing to the floor. I’d never actually seen one drop, but at least once a month we’d see one in the hallway by the lockers, broken on the ground with a cloud of white smoke that was probably 100% asbestos. In the ceiling, there’d be a gap that stayed there forever, never to be filled. No money in the budget. Or maybe nobody cared enough to bother.
Not such a great workplace for Don Ward. How did he do it? Why did he stay? It…
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