that got me to start paying attention in school.
When Keith rst came in I remember seeing him in the gym I saw a tall lanky kid.
Coach Jones wanted me to play on the basketball team, but he told me I needed a 75 aver-age. Guess what? He was lying.
You didn’t need a 75 average, you just needed to pass a certain amount of classes.
He wanted me to be a good student.
I wanted to try to push you.
I really, really, wanted to make the team—I wanted to be the next Dwayne Wade from the
Miami Heats like everyone said I could be. But to get a 75 average I needed help - I could not keep my secret
(knock on door)KEITH:
Hi Ms. Kelterborn.
Ms. Kelterborn was the rst person I told I couldn’t read.
I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t want you to be embarrassed. So I was like okay give
him a comic book he could tell the stories through pictures. But that still must have been frustrating for you, because you couldn’t read the words. You must have been just been like this woman is crazy. I just told this
woman I can’t read and she handed me a comic book.
In the 10th grade, Ms. Kelterborn got me into a class just for students who can’t read and
write. Ms. Bauer changed my life.
Um do you remember one of the rst books that you read in independent reading with me?
Yeah um The First Part Last.
Uhuh The First Part Last.
That’s my favorite book. It’s the rst book I ever nished reading.
I read it twice and in like probably in like two months.
When she asked me to read out loud, I did it, because no one would laugh at me.
You were quiet and you would mumble and I’d always say, sit up and speak clearly, and I’d stand all the way on the opposite side of the room and I’d say you need to speak up so we can hear you and now I never have to say that you always speak up ‘cause you want everyone to hear you.
When reading nally started to make sense, I was so proud of myself. I laughed so much my jaw started to crack. And around that same time, Dwayne Wade and the Miami Heats won the NBA champi
T.V. CLIP: The Miami Heat, they’ve done it!NARRATION:
Everything was just great! He won and I won.
T.V. CLIP: Congratulations to Dwayne Wade!MS. HUGHES:
When you started here in 9th grade Ms. Kelterborn you had failed both English classes. And now you’re scoring 80s in English!
At the end of my junior year, my guidance counselor Ms. Hughes told me I’m on track to graduate, as long as I pass the state tests.
The fact that you haven’t given up but rather you’ve used your frustration as power im-presses me like you can’t imagine.
Yes! I can’t believe it myself. I learned to read so fast. But, just because I’m reading and writ
-ing now does not mean things are easy. There’s still a lot more work to do. And I’m doing it all by myself. My