A local girl who grew up with the odds stacked heavily against her, struggled through school, even got expelled, but persevered, eventually became an educator herself, and has been named one of five National Teachers of the Year.
ABC7's Leon Harris was one of several being honored for work in journalism and the community by Radio One TV One.
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