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October 06, 2010

A Graduation Season Thank You

This year week it was announced that Kalamazoo Central High, in Michigan, will get a commencement visit from President Barack Obama as a reward for winning the Race to the Top competition. This is the time of year when many of us are thinking about school and the great teachers in our lives. Michael Boatman is a successful actor. You might have seen him in the television shows Spin City, Arli$$, or China Beach. But when Michael was in high school his future didn't look so sunny. After taking a placement test, a guidance counselor suggested he skip his plans for college and consider trade school. Luckily Michael met Gene Kozlowski, a teacher who awarded him a big part in a play his freshman year in college. Michael talks with Dick Gordon about this teacher whose unwavering encouragement and support led him down an unexpected life path.

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