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You know that teacher that was always there for you? That teacher that didn't stop supporting you when the bell rang? The teacher that turned things around for you and made you love learning? Dr. LuPaulette Taylor is that teacher.
Taylor or "DT" as she's known, has been teaching for nearly 50 years, most of those at McClymonds High School in West Oakland, the same school she graduated from in 1966. She's been such a mainstay at McClymonds that she's taught three generations of some families.
That longevity and dedication is even more impressive when you realize that only 15 percent of teachers at McClymonds stay on for a third year, the worst retention rate in the district for a non-continuation school.
“You don't ever get to just teach, and you don't get to leave the kids here if you're doing what you're supposed to,” Taylor says. “You take them home with you mentally and you try to figure out, ‘What else can I do?’ ”
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