Photo of Jessica FarringtonI was terrified when I learned that my 6th-grade teacher would be Mr. Bruce. He was someone I compared to the alpha male in a gorilla band. Just as with an alpha male, all the others feared him, followed his lead, and did what he wanted. The first day of school, he barked his rules and expectations at us, which only enhanced my fear. As the year went on, though, I began to see him in a completely different light. Mr. Bruce prepared me not only for junior high, but for the rest of my life. He taught me how to speak in front of a group, how to push myself, how to write papers, and how to be a leader. Most important, he treated me with respect. Mr. Bruce gave me the building blocks to become a young adult.

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