My name is Keeley McEwen Fornal and I want to tell you how incredibly thankful I am to be the recipient of the T-Lab scholarship this summer. I have been a teacher for the last fifteen year, but prior to being a teacher I worked as a paralegal with my primary focus in criminal justice, first degree murder and capital sex crimes. It was during my time working on these types of cases, I realized how many people fall through the cracks of our system. A seed was planted that maybe I could better serve my community by engaging with young people before they entered the criminal justice system. I retired, began the certification process and began teaching almost immediately. I currently teach 12th grade English/Language Arts to high-risk populations. I have worked in private, charter and now public education. I continue to work with at risk populations hoping to instill in them a love for literature, but more so an understanding that they are capable of being life-long learners. I am a proud mother of two amazing children, my daughter Alexzandria and my son Kolby, who have been my inspiration and my greatest cheerleaders in my pursuit of my passions and dreams. Without their support, I would not have been able to take this amazing journey and gather the valuable resources that will help guide my curriculum in the coming years.
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