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WUNC is traveling the state, listening to students interview their teachers. Our goal is to gain some new insights into what it takes to be a teacher in North Carolina. Do you have a special story about a teacher? Tell us! Also, here's how to record your own My Teacher interview.

My Teacher: Personal Stories and Rap Battles

Student Ray Starn and teacher Mira Rahili stand in a classroom.
Will McInerney
Ray Starn and his creative writing teacher Mira Rahili at Riverside High School.

WUNC’sMy Teacher Series is exploring student-teacher relationships across North Carolina and trying to find out what it takes to make a connection in the classroom.

In Durham, North Carolina, Riverside High School junior Ray Starn sat down and interviewed his creative writing teacher Mira Rahili. Ms. Rahili taught Ray first period, freshman year. It was the opening scene to his high school career. And the personal stories Ms. Rahili shared with that class helped Ray connect, have fun, and succeed at Riverside.  

Are you a high school student in North Carolina? Are you interested in interviewing one of your teachers?Click here to submit your idea.


The My Teacher Series is produced  by Will McInerney and made possible in part by a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. 

Will McInerney is an award-winning spoken word poet, storyteller, educator, and journalist specializing in the intersection of conflict resolution and creative expression. Will hosts and produces Stories with a Heartbeat, a new podcast that explores the complexity of the human condition in conflict through poetry, stories, and conversation. In addition, Will helps with education reporting and produces the My Teacher Project.
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