This is a beautiful story about a girl who really struggled academically until she found counsel from Mrs. Gillam who equipped her with the mindset and tools to turn stumbling blocks into stepping stones. Now, she's a sixth-grade teacher with experiences that impact her teaching philosophy.
Nearly three decades ago, I needed a champion to believe in me when I could not believe in myself. I needed a champion to fight for me when I could not fight for myself. My life turned around when that champion walked into my life and reminded me I was valuable. Mrs. Gillam filled that role until the moment I could become my own champion.
As the nervous, eager, hopeful students enter my sixth grade classroom this year, with their backpacks full of new supplies, they will have my commitment to be their champion.
Until they are able to champion themselves.