June 15, 2006
Somewhere Over the Rainbow

This story made my heart lift today. It's a wonderful testimony to how patience and care can help the most timid spirits blossom.

New York Times: June 14, 2006
By Michael Winerip

DIANA SENECHAL is a first-year teacher of immigrant students at I.S. 223, a middle school in Brooklyn, and maybe, if she'd been more experienced, she would have known better than to have her students perform "The Wizard of Oz" when they were so new to this country and spoke so little English.

They arrived at I.S. 223 talking 24 different languages and not knowing a soul. About the only thing they shared was a shyness of speaking English aloud.

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