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You Can Do It!: Learning to Succeed Behind Bars

By Sean Shively

These four words came from the movie Water Boy, with Adam Sandier. In the movie, he played a character whose name was Bobby Boucher. His friend, Townie, played by Rob Schneider had faith in Bobby that he could succeed at playing football. He would always say to Bobby, “You can do it!”

I have had the privilege of being a G.E.D. prisoner tutor in the Department of Corrections for the last five months. I have also had the honor to work for Ms. Chamberlin, the G.E.D. teacher at my dorm. She has a great compassion for instilling her students with a desire to succeed, and to further their education even after they receive their G.E.D. Ms. Chamberlin has a keen insight into what it takes to be a prison teacher; she truly is an inspiration and a role model as well.

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