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Inspiring Teachers: Mr. Clack – Genesee STEM Academy

Charter School Capital

June 1, 2021

Inspirational Teachers - Mrs. Clack
Since 2017, Charter School Capital has held an annual essay contest celebrating exceptional teachers. We call it the Dewey Awards, in celebration of Mr. Richard Dewey – a teacher who provided exceptional mentorship to our founder and CEO Stuart Ellis. Every year, we get a brilliant selection of stories written by students from charter schools all over the nation. This year’s winners are featured here. But each of these stories is worth sharing.
This week we bring you a story written by Devon Clausell, celebrating Mr. Clack and all the teachers of Genesee STEM Academy.


The teacher that made a difference in my life was all of my teachers. They told me that I should always be one step ahead than everyone. They taught my class about life and school at the same time. Told us the hardships, work, college, and getting a job. They mentioned life is not a game it shouldn’t be played as one. They said we should follow our dreams make it realistically possible and don’t let anyone say “you can’t”, because we can.

Anything is possible when you put the work, time, and effort into it. Grind while you’re young so you can do whatever you want once you reach 30+. I believe them, they want us to peruse our goal regardless of what anyone thinks. It gives me the motivation to keep going, to keep moving forward no matter what.

All of my past teachers taught me a valuable lesson about life. I did not choose one teacher specifically, because all of my teachers played a part to help me.

My teachers really changed my mindset over the years. It has helped me mature as a person quicker than others.

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