Camia Hoard

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Elementary school teacher who took 22 kids from Lawndale’s Frazier Prep to Obama’s inauguration

From: Des Moines, Iowa
Lives in: Hyde Park
Education: Camia received a B.S. from Northeastern University and an M.E. from Harvard.

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“On my Facebook page I wrote, ‘Camia is looking to marry a mechanic,’ and everyone said, ‘When you marry him, will you introduce me?’”

“Harvard can be a really intimidating situation. The first thing people want to know is what your test scores were. But I found my strength was urban education. I love talking about what a real inner-city urban classroom looks like.”

“Inauguration day was great, but not for the reasons I thought it was going to be. I knew I was going to be excited for my kids to witness it, but I didn’t think that was going to be the highlight.”

“At the [inaugural] kiddie ball, our students were dressed to the nines! There were kids from all over the country—and they were cute—but we came in there and we shut it down. And the things the students wrote on their blogs: ‘It was the best night of my life.’ ‘We did what rich people do.’ ‘Our teachers were dancing and they didn’t embarrass us.’”