From custodian to principal

Meet the Colorado educator whose journey from custodian to principal is inspiring students as they head back to school. ABC News’ Will Ganss has the story.
2:09 | 08/20/19

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So this guy's gone from pushing a broom to actually now running the school our own we'll Kansas here with the struggles for Willis is so cool I am so excited to be had set up before I'll say it again educators are heroes but the new principal extended elementary school in Denver is teaching life lessons that you can't find in a textbook. If you totaled eight year old Michael Atkins that he was being called to the principal's office. Like most elementary school students he probably wouldn't have thought that that was a good thing grown up and park hill there wasn't. Many positive. Influences. And our opportunities in the neighborhood that fast forward thirty years and the principal's office is exactly where he wound up in fact. Actions has been a part of the Denver public school system the entire time. First as a student and then working as a custodian which is what Atkins realized his passions for working with young people. Quickly graduating to a new role as teacher becoming part of the 2% of educators in the United States. That are black and male. A lot of my African American male students reminded me frank. And not to say that they're coming from the same situation that I came from. A household of a single mother. Only engaging with the lie. Father wants him ally frank so not really having that rock are but needing that rock often and that time. Now as he makes his final arrangements for the upcoming school year all of this theft both the tool way. In parting advice from his earlier days and public education to the new custodians. Atkins has one lesson he's hoping all his new students can learn don't let someone rights restored make sure you write her own story. Act gives credits his own second grade teacher with its inspiring his love of learning. And many years later that same teacher is the same person who helped him get his first job working in the. The class all might actually it's all come full circle that could end to what a great inspiration to all the yeah could not schools fuel. Yet you are talking ugly teaching kids hey go do what you wanna do he did it right in front of them exact. Love teachers have is an amazing teacher ME an amazing teacher rating as a educator amazing story and so tightly as we prepare to send it back to school.

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