"I don't think there's a child out there who doesn't want to learn and be the best they can be."
Those are the words of Barbara Preuss, a veteran educator with more than 30 years of experience.
That is to say, she is no bright-eyed novice about to be confronted by reality. She is confronted by plenty of reality, every day. And yet she retains her belief that even the kids who act out and misbehave still want to learn and still need to learn.
She retains this belief because she has seen it again and again, in all the schools where she has worked.