President Barack Obama spoke at just two commencement ceremonies this spring — the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, and Booker T. Washington High School right up the road in Memphis, Tennessee. What brought President Obama to Memphis you might ask?
In a word, love.
Alisha Coleman-Kiner is the principal of Booker T. Washington High School. Under her leadership, the graduation rate rose from a paltry 55% in 2007 to a respectable 81.6% in 2010. When asked about how she was able to achieve such massive gains she replied:
I loved my children. I hired people who would love my children. And then I did my job.
Love, it seems, lies at the cornerstone of her success.
Learn more about this remarkable educator and her recipe for success at the link posted below.