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December 1, 2009


“I want students to be able to see that you can aspire to be great. You can change the world.”It was on a basketball court that Isaiah Johnson ’96 first felt his calling. He had been bouncing around different majors, unsure of what he wanted to do with his life. The dean of students suggested that he work as a counselor for a youth basketball camp. He was hooked – he had found his passion. Education. As his career went on, Johnson found he connected to a lot of students, even ones that weren’t in his classes. That led him to a leadership position, to be a middle school principal. Looking back at his choice to go into teaching, Johnson said that even the hard days are worth it, since he firmly believes that middle school is the last, best chance to reach troubled kids.

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