Teacher Matthew Lynde Chesnut doesn't mince words when he describes the glaring inequities of the schools in his poor district outside of San Antonio, Texas. But Chesnut doesn't allow poverty to become an excuse—he reacts by digging in and working harder to reach the kids in his classroom.
That’s why – in spite of the gross inequities between our district and our wealthier, whiter counterparts – some of us choose to stay and work here for the long haul. We know deep in our hearts that our students and this community deserve the world and more. And though we cannot singlehandedly deliver them the world, we can promise them our love and unyielding commitment.