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Le Ann Downs, English Teacher, Mansfield High School This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

By Kezia D, Mansfield, TX

I will never forget her. Mrs. Le Ann Downs, my ninth-grade English teacher, is my second mother. Each day, she shakes our hands as we walk through her door, and asks how we’re doing. She inquires about our homework load that week, and will try to make sure we get enough practice in class so we won’t have ­another take-home assignment.

While teaching, she is relaxed and comfortable. No one ever has problems asking questions, since we feel so connected to her conversational method of teaching. As an aspiring author, I greatly ­appreciate the many techniques and writing devices she has taught us. The practice and constructive criticism that she gives has greatly improved my writing skills ­and has taught me how to be open to ­everything.

Support is her middle name.

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