When Kelly Matteson was in school, she had a classmate who had nobody. That classmate had the brain and the work ethic, but no support system. That's what led Matteson to become a teacher.
"I had a friend who was just as smart as I was and did his homework more than I did, but no adult supported him, believed in him, or pushed him to be the best he could be," Matteson said. "I wanted to be a teacher so that I could build up and champion the kids who didn't have that kind of support elsewhere."