Laura Bush

NBA All-Star, Kyrie Irving, says of his 8th grade teacher, Laura Bush, "She taught me how to be creative and how to think outside the box.

Ms. Bush remembers Kyrie as "a motivated young man who was a great writer and was eager to learn."

Kyrie Irving and Laura Bush

Kyrie Irving was born on March 23, 1992 in Melbourne, Australia and grew up in West Orange, New Jersey. He attended Duke University before being selected as the 1st overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

His father played at Boston University and like father, like son, Kyrie was a standout as a high school senior, and was named McDonald's All-America, First Team All-America by Parade Magazine and USA Today, and finalist for the Naismith Boy's High School Player of the Year. He earned a gold medal while playing with the U.S. under-18 (U-18) National Team at the FIBA Americas U-18 Championship and was selected MVP of the 2009 Nike Global Challenge in Portland playing for Team USA East in junior national team competition.

His NBA career was off to a fast start, as he was named the 2012 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year and was named MVP of the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge at the 2012 All-Star Weekend in Orlando. In 2013, he was selected as an NBA All-Star by the coaches in only his second season in the league and won the Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout.

Irving is just as passionate about giving back to the communities across the world, as he is competing in the NBA. He has hosted basketball camps in New Jersey, Cleveland as well as Australia. Irving has proven to be an All-Star on and off the court.

Laura Bush was born and raised in Verona, NJ. Her lifelong love of animals led her to a dream of becoming, at first, a veterinarian, and then, an equine therapist. Somewhere along the line her passion shifted a bit, and writing took the lead. She attended the University of Delaware in Newark, DE, where she studied English and journalism. While there, she wrote for the school newspaper and interned for Delaware Today Magazine. She was certain she would end up with a career in either print or broadcast journalism.

As it turns out, life had yet another career path for Ms. Bush to take, and her first year out of college she took her first teaching job as a preschool teacher in New Jersey. After that, she moved quickly to further her education and became a certified English teacher. She also received her Master of Arts in Reading, as well as her Reading Specialist Certification from Montclair State University.

Ms. Bush is about to begin her 10th year teaching middle school students and says she is always excited when a former student comes back to check in and catch up. "As a teacher, I don't often have the pleasure of seeing my 'finished product,' so when a student comes back to visit after he leaves RMS, and I have the opportunity to see how he's succeeded, it's a truly rewarding experience."

Kyrie was a student in Ms. Bush's classroom during her first year teaching 8th grade. It was her second year teaching on the middle school level and her third year teaching overall. She says she is grateful to have had a student like him so early on in her teaching career. "He taught me what it felt like to be successful and make a difference, and in a profession where burn-out can easily happen within the first five years, those things are so incredibly important for a young teacher to experience."

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