11/08/2010 07:41 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Hey Ms... Neighbor? Teachers-In-Training Move Into Their Students' Communities

Rothenberg Preparatory Academy principal Alesia Smith says she can spot an urban teacher in an instant.

The teacher is irresistibly drawn to children, a multi-tasker, approachable, creative and - most important - determined to let nothing stand in the way of instruction.

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