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A Teacher Changed Her Life. Now, She Tries To Do The Same For Her Garland Students

Jeanie Greenidge teaches at O’Banion Middle School in Garland.";

As a teenager, Jeanie Greenidge was homeless and hopeless – until a teacher saved her life.

Today, she teaches at O’Banion Middle School in Garland, where she coordinates a program for at-risk kids called AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination).

“I saw that as an opportunity to create significant change in the lives of my students and their families,” she says, “to help them learn to keep all of the doors open.”

Learn more about Greenidge in the video below. 

This summer, KERA’s education reporters are profiling folks making a difference in North Texas schools. We’re calling them American Graduate Champions.