Student Nomination Story

When I was nine years old, my father was killed in an accident. I was lost and angry at the world. When I got to middle school, I was full of pain and rage. I signed up for Chior, thinking nothing if it. It was probably boring right? No. She walked in that classroom and changed my life. She gave me a way to vocalize my pain, she gave me my voice. She listened to my fears, let me sit with her at lunch when I was upset, gave me encouraging advice. One time, I stayed behind to help her clean up and I asked her why she became a teacher. She looked at me with a kind smile and said “I want to help kids find love in music. I want to teach you all what I can.” She opened the door to my life long joy of music and helped me become the woman I am today. She was the first person I came out to. All she did was give me a hug and tell me that she was proud of me. Without her, I would have become a big bully. She reminded me of the good left in the world. She still tries every day to teach kids the wonders of music. She would stay behind for hours or come in super early to get fun activities set up or help other teachers. The world needs more people like her.

Alyssa Ruth-Cole

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