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Viral video put teacher on map — now he's inspiring East Garfield Park fifth-graders

Viral video put teacher on map — now he's inspiring East Garfield Park fifth-graders

Motivating factors.

As the new school year kicks off, teachers and students alike may be mulling theirs over.

First-year teacher Dwayne Reed is not. According to the 26-year-old Chicago Heights native, his motivation is the children, and he’s not afraid to stand up on a desk, sing or “make a fool” of himself to let the students, staff or world know it.

“I want them to stay engaged. I’m not afraid to be goofy or make a fool of myself if that’s going to get you listening to me to tell you what 2+2 is. I’ll do it all day, every day,” Reed said during an interview in his fifth-grade classroom at East Garfield Park’s LEARN Charter School Network — Campbell Campus (212 S....

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