I was overwhelmed by the response to my Flex Day request to tweet or text me the name of the teacher who changed your life. I've received dozens and dozens of grateful, affirming messages like this one: "Dear Miss Cook. Thanks for being strict, demanding, fair and clear about your expectations. You were also loving and full of praise." We have created a lot of good karma for PCC by sending forth this wave of gratitude to our teachers.
I hope you had an opportunity to see the report on 60 Minutes last night on Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Dr. Hrabowski is himself a scientist and has been president of UMBC since 1992. His mission—and that of UMBC—is to increase the number of minority students who enter and graduate in STEM majors. UMBC has had extraordinary success and has graduated more minority students in STEM fields than any other university.