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"Even though I do not talk about God, I would tremble to do this work without involving God each time," says Lorraine Monroe, a thirty-year veteran teacher who has worked in some of New York City's toughest schools. Now the head of the School Leadership Academy, a new program in New York, she says, "A child can keep his sanity and stay alive as long as there is even one person waiting for the child." And she adds that that person may well be his or her teacher.

In all those years of being both a teacher and a principal, she had developed a clear educational philosophy. She says, "Don't believe that more people, wealth, or things will make a community great. Greatness grows from people with dedication." Urging teachers to take children's concerns seriously, she declares, "When you are a superb teacher, you work from the heart."

Reported in The Boston Globe
November 16, 1997

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