Why a Phoenix? By Terence White

Before I answer the title question, I would like to introduce myself. My name is Terence White and I teach 7th grade science in Aurora, IL. I am married to a science teacher who also teaches 7th grade.  I have two kids named Elliott and Amelia and they are my inspiration for creating a better future for our world. I chose “The Phoenix” for the title of this blog because I see connections between the myth of the Phoenix and my own personal story.  I was born in Chicago in a broken home where my mother was a drug addict and my father was in and out of jail for numerous crimes. When I was four, my mother left my siblings and I in an abandoned apartment building and we were found by the authorities. I will not bore you with the details but to make a long story short, I was sent into foster care and eventually to a group home at the age of nine until I graduated from high school. During this time, I required a lot of assistance from my teachers to keep me out of jail and alive. Without positive teachers in my life, who knows where I would be today. I feel that I was buried in the ashes my entire life and I have gradually rose out of the ashes and I am now becoming a force in my teaching, education, and my family life. The purpose of this blog is to share stories of teachers and students who are becoming “Phoenixes” in their school and in their lives. Throughout this blog, I will ask guest bloggers to share stories about great things they are doing in their classroom and in their lives that makes them a Phoenix. I would like to welcome you to this new blog and please follow me on twitter @terencewhite23. Have a great day!

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