United States, Chris Myers, Storycorps discussed on Morning Edition
US led war. There. She left school when she was young to help support her family. She emigrated to the United States in her twenties and continued to work. And then at 45 is when enrolled in a G E d program. She came to StoryCorps with her teacher, Chris Myers, to talk about what is class meant to her. After the war. My dad was in prison. My mom had to take care of five of us, and I had to go out to work when I was like in sixth or seventh grade. Then when I get to a 10 grade, I just dropped out. You never gave any hint that she would have that kind of childhood. Yes, There's a lot of things that I have about my childhood. I just want to ask you one question. You know, sometime in the classroom, I know that we get on your nerves. Okay, So you wanted to know. Do you guys get on my nerves? Sometimes? Yes. You know, I'm gonna choose my words wisely. Because first and foremost, this is honest to God Truth. So many people work and they don't even like what they do. And they'll tell you Okay, we'll go get that paycheck, right. But if the only time you happy is when you get paid, that's a waste of a life. What a lot of people don't know about instructing when you do it, right. You're allowing somebody to go into you. And take energy away from you. And you have to do that. So I end up very drained sometimes, but at the end of the day, whatever it is that my learner's take out, they put back in me. You go out of your ways to do for us. Yeah, and I really appreciate that. You know, I had a student. Tell me they saw you and you were crying when you pass the last test. Um every bit of work that we've ever done to get you to this point it was worth it just to know that you were crying Tears of joy. It helped you do something that you're so happy about? You had tears. Because with you it wasn't easy mission, like, think about after you took your first test. The first score was like a two right and I know that could be extremely discouraging. I have a lot of things that I don't see any more after that. But then to see you back the next day. I'm like, okay, we're fighting. And when I see a fighter, I get excited. Okay, bring it. You know me and you against the world and that's how I feel. I just want to tell you that I'm really appreciate what you've done for me. You change people live because after I passed my G e d. I feel like I have wings. Now I can fly..