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Caption: Kate Musick (L) with her former student Harleé Patrick (R)
Kate Musick (L) with her former student Harleé Patrick (R) 

StoryCorps NTI: Kate Musick and Harleé Patrick, Jose Catalan and Carlos Vizcarra

From: StoryCorps
Series: StoryCorps
Length: 02:50

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Two stories about teachers who went beyond the classroom to help their kids.

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For students who are struggling, sometimes the difference between success and failure can start when a teacher takes the time to listen.

In these two stories from our National Teacher’s Initiative, teachers go beyond the classroom to help their kids.

In 2004, Kate Musick was teaching third grade at T.C. Walker Elementary school in Gloucester, Virginia. When Harleé Patrick walked into the room, Musick saw a troubled child.

Harleé is now a teenager, and the two came to StoryCorps to talk about how she made it through that year.

The second story comes from Los Angeles, where 19-year-old Jose Catalan, who is studying to become a math teacher, sat down with his former high school teacher Carlos Vizcarra to talk about how they became friends.

Piece Description

For students who are struggling, sometimes the difference between success and failure can start when a teacher takes the time to listen.

In these two stories from our National Teacher’s Initiative, teachers go beyond the classroom to help their kids.

In 2004, Kate Musick was teaching third grade at T.C. Walker Elementary school in Gloucester, Virginia. When Harleé Patrick walked into the room, Musick saw a troubled child.

Harleé is now a teenager, and the two came to StoryCorps to talk about how she made it through that year.

The second story comes from Los Angeles, where 19-year-old Jose Catalan, who is studying to become a math teacher, sat down with his former high school teacher Carlos Vizcarra to talk about how they became friends.

Broadcast History

NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday 4/29/12

Transcript

Kate Musick (KM): What kinds of things did you have going on when we first met?

Harleé Patrick (HP): I didn’t have the best home life. Like, I was always tossed between my grandma’s house and my mom’s house. And my dad wasn’t really in the picture and mom was doing things that nobody was proud of, like drugs, and I think one of the most difficult things when I was young was my mom getting locked up. Her not being there was like, what do we do?

KM: I don’t know if you remember this, but one day you and I came out and we sat down in the hallway and you started talking about something that you had witnessed the night before. And my heart literally was breaking in that hallway and there was nothing more that I wanted to do than to protect you. But I also knew that there were certain boundaries that teachers had to work within. And I really tried to figure out a way to help you realize tha...
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Intro and Outro

INTRO:

Now for StoryCorps' National Teachers Initiative...

Today, TWO stories about teachers who went beyond the classroom to help their kids…

Our first dates back to 2004.

Kate Musick < Sounds like Music > was teaching 3rd grade in Gloucester < GLAW-ster >, Virgina.

Harleé < Har-LAY > Patrick walked into her classroom, and Musick saw a troubled child.

Harleé is now a teenager… and the two recently sat down for StoryCorps.

                TAPE: "What kinds of things did you have going on when we first met? ... And I think you know we'll always be there for you."

MUSIC

               TAPE: "My name is Jose Catalan. I'm going to have an interview with my favorite teacher. ... It's pretty amazing how you are. Not only as a teacher but as a person too."

MUSIC

OUTRO:

That was Jose Catalan <> with Carlos Vizcarra <> in L.A.  Before that, you heard Harleé Patrick and Kate Musick.

Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
Jubilee Unwed Sailor The Marionette and the Music Box. Burnt Toast Vinyl 2003 :28
El Tranvía Jenifer Avila Best of Breitband Vol. 2. FMA-Limited 2010 :28

Additional Credits

Capella University, CPB/American Graduate

Related Website

www.storycorps.org/listen