'We Sometimes Refer To You As Our Second Mother'

May 20, 2014

Chapel Hill High School Japanese teacher Yoshimi Aoyagi and senior Nell Ovitt
Credit Will Michaels / WUNC

'Due to some budget cuts, our class has gotten combined. It does seem to create a family environment, learning from each other. Sometimes it's very funny.' - Nell Ovitt

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 returning to the My Teacher series, exploring what it takes to make a connection in the classroom by asking students to interview their teachers.

WUNC's My Teacher series continues at Chapel Hill High School, where Nell Ovitt is a senior. Nell's Japanese teacher Yoshimi Aoyagi gave her the opportunity to study in Japan during high school, and host a Japanese student at home.

Nell is graduating from high school next month. She sat down with her sensei before their time together as student and teacher comes to an end.

Nell's conversation with Yoshimi Aoyagi 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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