The elementary school teacher who helped the new U.S. poet laureate

san diego teacher who helped US poet laureate

Lelya Sampson in her Mount Hope home.

This San Diego teacher helped Juan Felipe Herrera find his voice.

Juan Felipe Herrera, who is the new U.S. poet laureate, often talks about a defining moment 57 years ago, when he was a third-grader at Lowell Elementary School in Barrio Logan.   

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  1. There are some amazing teachers out there, she sounds like one of the really good ones... I love stories like this xox

    1. Yes I agree there are some amazing teachers and I hope you were lucky enough to have had one. But then I guess we can learn all different things from all different people.


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