PEORIA (WEEK) — Two Manual High School students credit their teacher for pushing them to graduate.
“Even though we felt alone, we know we wasn’t alone,” senior Dresean Love-Ewing said.
Jade Davis teaches history classes at Manual. She first met Dresean and Dontavis Brock in class over a year ago.
Together, they’ve worked to overcome the challenges of remote learning.
“As much as they say remote learning wasn’t for them, it wasn’t for me either,” Davis said. “We need the interaction. I learn from them. They learn from me.”
To this day, she has pushed them to be the best versions of themselves. That includes calling and checking on them personally during the pandemic.
“She showed up. I was surprised,” Brock said. “I ain’t like it. But I got through it.”
A Facebook post about them went viral in the Peoria community, garnering over 2,000 likes.
Jade Davis with her students Dresean Love-Ewing and Dontavis Brock at Manual High School Awards Day
Don and Dre admit they didn’t make it easy on their teacher sometimes. But soon, they grew into their own.
“I’ve seen them mature a lot,” Davis said. “I think a lot of students had to grow up quicker than they wanted to with all of this pandemic because they really had to take ownership of their own learning.”
Don and Dre plan to play football in college. Dre plans to go to Eureka College and work toward starting a business. Don hopes to become a carpenter. Both graduate from Manual with scholarships this weekend.
“The best thing I learned from those two was to not take things so seriously sometimes,” Davis said. “They keep me calm, and I try to keep them on task, and that was a good balance.”
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