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50 Great Teachers

From Bail Bondsman To Teacher

Rodney Carey has been on the other side of the street in New Orleans. He's trying to get his students to come back.

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Nikki Jones' preschool class at Porter Early Childhood Development Center in Tulsa, Okla. The state offers free preschool for all kids. John W. Poole/NPR hide caption

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Jessica Adams formerly worked at the Planet Hollywood casino and resort. Now she teaches fourth grade at Robert Forbuss Elementary School. Eric Westervelt/NPR hide caption

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Las Vegas: Betting On New Teachers But Coming Up Short

The crowded and fast-growing district is facing a severe teacher shortage.

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Dennis Henderson teaches at Manchester Academic Charter School in Pittsburgh. Erika Beras/WESA hide caption

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