Arley Arrington: "I had a teacher at [Orange County] High School, Kim Crandell, who was my English teacher for two years. She taught us how to think on our own. I remember one time she had us write down in journals, where do you see yourself in five years or 10 years. I think back to that all the time, the way she sort of pushed us to dream big."
Valerie Estela: "I had Keith Schray at Lehigh University. He was my organic chemistry professor. I remember the first week of class, he learned every student's name-- it was a class of about 150 sophomores."
Howard Edman: "His name was Alton Ballance; he was a teacher at Ocracoke Island High School. I was pretty good at writing, and he always pushed me to do my best."