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Principal Desi Nesmith is CT's 2014–15 Milken Educator!

Metacomet Elementary School  |  Bloomfield, CT  |  October 9, 2014

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Desi Nesmith hugs mentor Leon McKinley

In the rush of emotions and disbelief, Desi finds confirmation that this is really happening from the man who has guided and inspired him throughout his entire career: his mentor, Leon McKinley. When Desi was just starting out, McKinley, then principal at Mayberry Elementary in East Hartford, took a chance on the young teacher and has been his friend and mentor ever since.

McKinley's response to Desi's disbelief? "You deserve it."

Watch the video to see the powerful moment unfold.

In this series:  Desi Nesmith (CT '14)

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