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July15, 2009

Vol. 109, No. 16

Student signs

In response to: Teaching for America

Thank you for Christopher Connell ’71’s ’s interesting story, “Teaching for America” (feature, July 15). I was disappointed to hear that fourth-grade teacher Kit Tollerson ’08 hid his quite impressive and possibly inspiring education – St. Ann’s and Princeton – from his students. He states that he hides it because he wishes to minimize the differences between himself and his class. Mr. Tollerson’s fourth-graders are flashing gang sign in the photo. Since this happens apparently without him noticing, I suspect they may have already caught onto some key differences.

Joanna Alexander *88
Seattle, Wash.

Editor’s note: According to Kit Tollerson, the gestures shown in the photo are not gang signs: “One student is holding up her index and middle finger, which means ‘peace,’ and one student is forming the letter ‘w’ with both hands, which means ‘what’s up?’ ”

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