|King inspired Miami woman to lifetime of service|
|News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County|
After nearly four decades in the Miami-Dade Schools system, Shirley Bailey Johnson stood before a third grade class for the first time.
She’d spent several years at the teachers union and away from the classroom before landing in front of the 28 third graders at Lake Stephens Elementary in 2005. Half of them had been retained because of low FCAT scores.
Her first lesson was short and simple.
“A book a day keeps the ignorance away,” she told her pupils.
A little boy raised his hand.
“Dr. Johnson, what’s ‘ignorance?’ ”
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