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StoryCorps’ National Teachers Initiative celebrates the work of public school teachers across the country. By recording and sharing these stories, StoryCorps calls public attention to the invaluable contribution teachers have made to this nation. LEARN MORE

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Meliza Arellano tells Sarah Benko, her former seventh-grade teacher, about how she became a serious student.

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Raul Bravo tells his former high school automotive teacher, Clairene Terry, how she inspired him to stay in school.

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Two stories about teachers who went beyond the classroom to help their kids.

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Dominick also spoke with one of his students, Anthony Gonzales. When Anthony started at Learning Works, he was partially paralyzed from a drive-by shooting injury.

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Mikala Rahn is the founder of Learning Works–a charter school in Pasadena, California, for kids who have dropped out of traditional schools. At StoryCorps, Mikala sat down with one of the first students she helped graduate, Carlos Cruz.

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Dominick Correy (L) with his student Anthony Gonzales (R) in Pasadena, CA.

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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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Antero Garcia talks to his former student Roger Alvarez who dropped out during his senior year of high school.

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Tyrese Graham remembers his first day as a teacher at John Marshall Metropolitan High School in Chicago, IL.

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John Hunter talks with two former students about what they learned playing the World Peace Game, which he created.

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Ayodeji Ogunniyi remembers how the murder of his father led him to a new career.

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Neurosurgeon Lee Buono and his eighth grade science teacher, Al Siedlecki, remember reconnecting after more than 15 years.

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