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Life after high school, with love and complete faith in your generation

This week, as we look back on 2016 and look forward to 2017, EdNC has been taking a look at closing the achievement gap. Closing the gap depends in large part on great teachers -- teachers, like Mr. Egan, who are great not just in the classroom but in the lives of their students. When I visited Egan's classroom earlier this year, his students told me he was a legend, insisting there was no other teacher like him. This article illustrates the uncompensated, but enormously important, role teachers play in the lives of their students.

I was fortunate to be asked to present to our senior class some items for thought that might serve them well in the years to come after they leave high school. While lighthearted in some places, I will be the first to tell you that I have so much faith in these young people who will become the leaders who run our state and our country. So here it is…

Stuart Egan

Stuart Egan is an English teacher at West Forsyth High School in Winston Salem, North Carolina.