“But I c Positive Potential”

2013.05.07 - Hartford, CT - Joseph Battaglia, known as Mr. B to his students at Opportunity High School, applauds a student's analysis of a poem by Tupac Shakur during his 75-minute Nuyorican Literature class. His arms sleeved in tattoos, Battaglia, 30, plasters with classroom comic and real-life heroes as a way of "breking down the first barrier to gaining" his student's trust. Saying he, "Always wanted to talk with young adults," Battaglia thinks he connects with students through the perosonal experience of "growing up in a single parent home where my mom worked two jobs. I didn't have anybody to talk to."  Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.05.07 – Hartford, CT – Joseph Battaglia, known as Mr. B to his students at Opportunity High School, applauds a student’s analysis of a poem by Tupac Shakur during his 75-minute Nuyorican Literature class. His arms sleeved in tattoos, Battaglia, 30, plasters his classroom with comic and real-life heroes as a way of “breaking down the first barrier to gaining” his students’ trust. Battaglia says he “always wanted to talk with young adults,” and thinks he connects with students through the personal experience of “growing up in a single parent home where my mom worked two jobs.” adding, “I didn’t have anybody to talk to.” Battaglia is one of three finalists for the Hartford District’s 2013 Teacher of the Year award. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

Today i woke and feel even lonelier
But i c positive potential
My hear shook much like the quake
Then the pain was gone
The arctic breeze formed the fortress
Barricading my fragile heart from Pain
It is not that i don’t love u
It was because i did love u
that i must move on
as long as i breathe
I will remember
“We as 2″

March 1st –The Day After April, by Tupac Shakur

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