My Teacher
5:00 am
Fri March 7, 2014

'I Met You And Everything Changed'

Northern High School sophomore Christina Dixon and Erica Walker-Joynes
'I met you and everything changed. I really do have a way in life. I don't have to be bad all the time and get in trouble with the police. I can actually do something with my life.' - Christina Dixon

WUNC is in the midst of a yearlong examination of what it's like to be an educator, called the North Carolina Teacher Project. This week, we're exploring what it takes to make a connection in the classroom by asking students to interview their teachers.

Northern High School sophomore Christina Dixon entered Erica Walker-Joynes' exceptional children's class last year because she was deemed to be at risk for dropping out when she got to high school.

But Christina found her niche in slam poetry club, and with Ms. Walker-Joynes, who she says played a big part in keeping her in school.

Northern High School sophomore Christina Dixon interviews her teacher Erica Walker-Joynes

Christina's conversation with Erica Walker-Joynes is part of WUNC's My Teacher series. It's also a part of American Graduate-Let’s Make it Happen!- a public media initiative to address the drop out crisis, supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

The My Teacher series is produced and facilitated by Will Michaels.

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