Christine's Open Road
Follow It, Fight For It, Run After It (1:10)
Getting Into Education (2:28)
Teaching As An Art (0:56)
Turning The School Around (1:56)
College Was A Turning Point (0:54)
Public Television: Season 11
Memphis Street Academy Charter School
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- Did not grow up wanting to be a teacher; was actually a tough student behavior-wise.
- Grew up in a rough area of Philadelphia where "you needed to be tough."
- Her mom gave up most of their luxuries so that they could go to private schools; knew their "way out" would be through education.
- Was sent to public school for summer school after failing algebra; was terrified every day, kids were fighting, no one paid attention in class.
- Started thinking, "what's going to happen" to those kids who were fighting, barely learning times tables in tenth grade; knew she wanted to teach.
- Memphis Street Academy was previously one of the lowest performing middle schools in Philadelphia, had highest numbers of assaults, drug incidents.
- Cleaned up the interior and exterior of the school so that students' learning environment felt like a "bright, healthy place," apart from bleak community.
- Says that like in a relationship, you'll know your job is your passion if it makes you feel "butterflies."