How an Author Got to Thank the Teacher Who Taught Him English in 2nd Grade

From a Washington Post story by Sydney Page headlined “How an author got to thank the teacher who taught him English in 2nd grade”:

Jamil Jan Kochai was terrified to start second grade. He practiced writing the English alphabet at his parents’ dining room table in West Sacramento, Calif., and was ashamed when just 10 letters came to mind.

“I associated language and learning with punishment, fear and disappointment,” said Kochai, now 30, adding that in kindergarten, he didn’t know a single word.