California Educator

December 2012

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���I ran a good program, and the medical community in my community recognized that my students were well-prepared,��� says Cristina Chiappe. NO SCHOOL NO SALARY STILL TEACHING B Y S H E R RY P O S N I C K - G O O D W I N PHOTOS BY SCOTT BUSCHMAN 18 California Educator December 2012 ��� January 2013 She lost her job. She lost her home. But she kept her commitment to her students. She taught them and helped them succeed, without a school or salary. It may sound like a movie, but it���s is the true story of Cristina Chiappe, a teacher at the Centinela Valley Adult School in Lawndale who refused to take no for an answer. She was recently profiled by CNN for her determination to see her students graduate from her program.

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