Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02)

School teachers are those of that noble breed that do what they do because they wish to influence young minds. They work long hours and face numerous people issues when dealing with the public, students, parents and school administrators. But day to day they go to school with the ideal they will make a difference with one student. Sometimes they never see the long term positive impact they have on the kids they teach.

While growing up in the Humble-Kingwood area, Kara did the normal things that kids did like playing soccer and swimming on the local swim team with her brother and two sisters.

But upon entering elementary school, Kara spoke some words with difficulty and her speech patterns were not really satisfactory. This began to affect her socially and really bruised her young self-image.

Kara’s second grade teacher at the Oaks Elementary School in Atascocita, Ms. Morgan, realized Kara’s speech issues and took it upon herself to get personally involved. Ms. Morgan was determined to help this little girl and worked with her in pronouncing those English words correctly. So the second grade teacher and a speech therapist took their time to provide assistance to Kara.

This little girl, Kara, overcame this difficult speech issue and speaks perfect English, with an exceptional accent. All thanks to another of America’s dedicated school teachers helping out one child at a time.

But there is more.

Kara began to gain self confidence and self esteem in academics and extra curricular activities.

Kara transferred to a private school for high school and played four years of basketball and graduated Valedictorian of her class.

Then she was off to college where she worked while finishing her Bachelor of Science Degree with a GPA of 3.88 in Interdisciplinary Studies, English and History.

She went further to get a Masters Degree in English with a perfect 4.0.

It took her less than four years to receive her Doctoral Degree from the University of Louisville in Rhetoric and Composition. Her GPA was 3.92. She was 29.

Now this little girl that had difficulty speaking in the second grade is teaching at Baylor University on the tenured track. – Kara teaches English.

Kara Poe Alexander, my daughter, is a teacher like her mother, both grandmothers and her sister Kim.

But her success would not have been possible without her second grade teacher Ms. Morgan personally volunteering to help her.

America’s school teachers help numerous children become all they can be. I salute you.

And that’s just the way it is.