Teach Adopts Former Student And His Little Brother
“At certain points, his behavior got so bad,” Chelsea Haley said about Fourth-grader Jerome Robinson ,”I thought, ‘I can’t do this anymore. I can’t be a teacher.'” Haley joined Teach for America in an effort to make a difference in a low-income school, but the last thing she expected to do was adopt one of her most disobedient students…and his little brother.
That’s exactly what ended up happening though, while Chelsea expresses her disbelief that she ended up adopting the student that made her wanna quit along with his year-and-a-half old brother. Though Jerome was tough in the classroom, Haley realized it was because of his situation going on at home, and worked with him rather than counting the young kid out.
He lived with his birth mother at the time and the teacher explained, “It was really hard on her after she lost her husband…It was just a combination of tragedy coupled with the other social situations you face when you live in poverty.” The brothers also spent a lot of time living with their grandparents.
After staying in the Teach for America program for an extra year just to help Jerome, Haley went to dinner with the two boys and their mother, talking about how she’s to return to Atlanta once the program ends. The mother told Chelsea, “You can go back, but I want you to take Jerome and Jace with you.” She did.
Haley and the two boys reside in Georgia together and Jerome is making honor roll in 8th grade–a huge improvement to his old school habits.
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