The Wisdom of Age Project—Hampton Roads, Va. 2017 Documenting Life Stories & How We Get By
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"A Teacher & 'Adopted Grandmother'"

story by Royall Bryan

Toni & Sharon

From putting a fake eyeball in the girl’s bathroom to spraying me and my classmates with water bottles during recess, Debbie Hughson has been a part of my life since she taught me for third grade over ten years ago. I have learned so much from this woman, who now spends her days by her second home (the beach), with her two cats, her husband, and the newest addition to her family: her grandson, Max. Take a look deeper into what it was like teaching in one of the poorest cities in Hampton Roads through the eyes of a retired Portsmouth Public Schools teacher who dedicated her life to making sure what we lacked in access we gained in spirit.