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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

A Cypress Park middle school teacher who never lost touch with his students

Math and science teacher David Meyerhof has worked in Los Angeles schools for 33 years, with almost half of them spent at Florence Nightingale Middle School in Cypress Park. While most teachers and students part ways after the semester ends, Meyerhof has kept tabs on his former pupils and organized a recent reunion to honor the achievements, according to recent stories by KPCC and EGP News. Meyerhof's students have gone on to become Fulbright scholars, tax consultants as well as fellow teachers at Nightingale. Many of the students who came from some tough neighborhoods also praised their former teacher for raising their expectations:

"I think that’s what Mr. Meyerhof has taught his students – you make the best of what you have and you strive for more," said Maria Del Toro."Because in this community, there really isn’t much pushing anyone. You know, the young people or the adults, and everyone is kind of comfortable just being. And I think he’s really opened doors for people."

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