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POSTED: Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 12:05pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 12:10pm

"So many of the things that you have to do to be a successful adult, starts with school," said Jarvis Johnson.

That is the message he has learned over the years. And it is what compelled him to join Teach for America.

"It's very, very important to start those relationships early to train up a child at an early age, so that way when they are older they have those things in place, they have those mindsets to know what I have to do to be successful," said Johnson.

It also means that much more to him that he will be teaching 6th graders at Thrive, right here in his hometown of Baton Rouge.

"It definitely hits home me being from here. You definitely want to see your own community thrive, not to be Cliche. So I definitely feel more compelled to do more because I am from here. You want to see those kids succeed," he said.

Thrive principle, London Moore couldn't be more excited to get this new group of teachers in her class rooms.

"I tell people all the time. I will not put someone in the classroom who I wouldn't want teaching my kids. And so these kids are just phenomenal kids, phenomenal educators. And just are so excited to learn about our kids, our program and really just become part of the family," said Moore.

And while Teach for America places teachers nationwide, here in Louisiana, they focused on getting some homegrown talent too.

"We recruited LSU, Southern, Dillard, Xavier, and all over to make sure we are getting talented individuals from Louisiana to do this work as well. Because we think they understand Louisiana and they also help us help our collegues from all over the united states fall in love with Louisiana the same way we have."

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