“As if high school is not hard enough...”
September 27, 2012 03:32 PM
Tierra Jackson and her teacher talk about her struggles through high school and homelessness in Joyce-supported StoryCorps segment.
Teacher John Haran and his former student Tierra Jackson, now 23, sat down in a StoryCorps recording booth in Chicago and talked about Tierra’s struggle through high school. Homeless at age 14, Tierra was determined to graduate. She is currently enrolled in college and works part time at a financial services company.
Her story aired on Morning Edition on September 27, 2012. Listen to her story here.
The Joyce Foundation Education Program provided support to StoryCorps’ National Teacher Initiative, which recorded interviews with 125 teachers in the Great Lakes region to provide a collage of personal narratives on teacher policy. Joyce grantees Teach Plus, The New Teacher Project, New Leaders for New Schools and Teach for America were instrumental in encouraging teachers to participate in the National Teacher Initiative, so their stories could inform the national conversation about critical issues in education.
Listen to more National Teacher Initiative stories.