By Nick DiUlio
There’s a Hollywood cliché about working with kids in the inner city, the one where a young, ambitious teacher descends upon a mutinous classroom or community center. Her good intentions abound, the system beats her down, but triumph emerges in the end. The students are convinced that learning is, in fact, cool. The world is a better place. Case closed.
But for 2006 graduates Rachel Beatty, Anna Makatche, and Zach Macholz, the formula is not so cut and dry. In varying capacities, each of these Susquehanna graduates works with children surrounded by hardships and misfortunes, but their stories are far more nuanced than the ones we see on the silver screen. It’s about motivation, discipline and emotional chaos—theirs as well as their students’.