Students Long After They Leave the Classroom
North Saginaw Charter
Academy Alumna Credits Teacher with Supporting her Dream
SAGINAW, Mich., October
15, 2013—Do you
remember a teacher in elementary school who impacted your life in a positive
way? Tirrea Billings does. In fact, to this day she still gives credit to a
special teacher who encouraged her every day to push for academic excellence.
believed in me and did not accept anything that was not my best,” said
Billings. “She was very enlightening and always reminded me to never let
anything or anybody hinder me from pursuing my dreams.”
is now a college student and a published author of the book “The Monster in the
Basement.” She wrote the book when she was ten years old and a fifth-grade
student at North Saginaw Charter Academy. It follows a young boy on Halloween
night who hears a spooky sound from his basement.
the book was written more than ten years ago, it was first published in 2010.
Not long after it was bound and printed, Tirrea reached out to her teacher Johnna
McDonnell to thank her for always believing.
was every teacher’s dream, an outstanding and very polite young lady,” said McDonnell.
“Her love for writing grew in my classroom and it was great to hear that she
authored a book.”
said she hopes to one day author another book, but right now she’s pursuing a
new dream— to become a nature documentarian. She is currently attending Alma
College where she studies environmental science and new media. She hopes
current students at North Saginaw Charter Academy feel that same connection to
a teacher and are encouraged to follow their gifts.
it is writing or something else, never ignore a gift that you may have. Spend
time perfecting your craft and remember that all dreams are attainable as long
as you have the ambition to achieve them,” Billings said.