Emily Baeza

Through A City Education, City Year corps members share their experiences working as tutors and mentors in schools in hopes of closing the opportunity gap and ending the dropout crisis.

Carlos is avoiding my last question. I ask him again, "What is the reciprocal of 5 over 6?" He can’t give me an answer because his mind is clearly somewhere else. I scan the area around us in the school quad and see that he is admiring the freshly painted mural behind me. I turn back to our notes and close my notebook.

Later that week, Carlos has a math test and his downfall is reciprocals. However, all Carlos wants to talk about is art, and I am not going to squander this opportunity to uncover one of his passions.

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