What Inspires Me: Deonte Bridges

A year ago, I watched what I thought was one of the most amazing valedictory speeches I have ever seen.

Deonte Bridges, a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta, literally brought me to tears in a matter of 4 minutes and 58 seconds.

Deonte’s speech still reminds me of why I got into education…why I wanted to become a teacher…for kids like Deonte who are looking for a path to a world bigger than they even sometimes dared to dream for themselves.

Regardless of what goes on with state funding, how big our classes may get or how many resources we now have to leave behind…We still have the God-given task of reaching the Deonte’s of the world and creating even more inspiring teachable moments as he did May 28, 2010.

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  1. I am a 16 year old Junior, with high aspirations and dreams. Yesterday was my first time watching this speech and it brought tears to my eyes, it reminded and inspired me that I can be anything I want to be and make an impact on other’s lives. That is what Deonte Bridges did for me he impacted my life and pushes me to do well in school. #SaluteTOYOU

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      Your comment just brought tears to my eyes…Salute To You Kayla! I really hope that Deonte knows how many lives he is touching everyday!

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