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As Bad as They Say?Three Decades of Teaching in the Bronx$
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Janet Grossbach Mayer

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780823234165

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823234165.001.0001

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Omara—The Orphan

Omara—The Orphan

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(p.51) 4 Omara—The Orphan
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As Bad as They Say?
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Janet Grossbach Mayer

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823234165.003.0004

This chapter is about the life of Omara, the orphan, her struggles and eventual success. Omara hardly greeted Janet Mayer, which surprised the latter because of her affectionate departure eleven days earlier. Omara asked Mayer if she could recommend a good orphanage for her because her father had been killed in the street, in the Bronx, during Christmas, and she had no one with whom to live. She uttered all this in a matter-of-fact tone — no emotion. Mayer could not believe what she had just heard. Not that her life was not ever happy, but it was very hard — there was no doubt about that. She continued on at Carter High School through the tenth and eleventh grades. On December 2006, Omara telephoned Mayer. After no communication for several years, she informed Mayer that she was now a proud college graduate and that she owned not only her own day-care center but also her own house in the Bronx.

Keywords:   Omara, Janet Mayer, orphanage, Bronx, Carter High School, day-care center, college graduate

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