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Raines High Teacher of the Week Al Buckner Sees Greatness in Students

3:18 PM, Sep 21, 2011   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A teacher at Raines High School is helping students overcome their school's reputation.

"I've always had a yearning to help young people," said Al Buckner. "I treat them the way I would want someone to treat my child. I love my students; I tell them I love them, and try to get them to believe in themselves."

Buckner has been teaching history for eight years at Raines High School, one of Duval County's intervene schools.

"Our school has not always been portrayed positively," Buckner said. "But we have great kids, and I want them to know that I see greatness in them."

Despite the school's failing status, Buckner said he teaches his students pride. "I tell the kids, 'Because our school has a D or at one time an F, are you F people? Are you D people? Those are labels but we have to change that perception.'"

He teaches the students they can change that perception by striving to do better each day.

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