My Teacher
5:00 am
Wed March 5, 2014

'I Still Have That Story. It Gave Me Confidence To Pursue Writing'

'I still write today. It did help me a lot, that one story, being encouraged to write more and not just finish it.' - Aditi Goyal

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.

Middle school teacher Steven Simmons says he was a little overwhelmed in 2005 when he started his career at Estes Hills Elementary School in Chapel Hill. But third graders like Aditi Goyal kept him going in those early days.

Aditi is now a junior at East Chapel Hill High School. She comes back to visit Mr. Simmons, who inspired her to start writing with a simple assignment years ago.

East Chapel Hill High School junior Aditi Goyal interviews her third grade teacher, Mr. Simmons

Aditi's conversation with Steven Simmons 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.

Want to submit your own story about a teacher? We'd like to hear it!