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    Posted: Jun/15/2011 at 10:01pm
In search of Ms. Smith — the teacher who changed my life
By Mary Ormsby
 
Rachel Pellett Gillette read at a kindergarten level when she was in Grade 5.

On Tuesday, the 25-year-old woman graduates summa cum laude in social work from York University. It’s her second diploma, after earning a specialized honours degree in psychology. Along the way she won a string of academic scholarships to pay for school.

She says she owes her success, in large part, to Ms. Smith, the Grade 5 teacher at Scarborough’s Brooks Road Public School who gave up her recess and lunch breaks 15 years ago to read with Pellett Gillette.

“Every time I get a notice in the mail that another year is paid for, that for another year I’ve graduated at the top of my class, I always say: This is possible because (she) helped me catch up and taught me to love reading,” said Pellett Gillette.

“When she taught me to read, it was like the world came alive.”

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/16/2011 at 8:13am
Thanks for the post Junko!
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