At first, assistant principal Kenneth Lanier thought Gabriel Miles was a class clown. But after talking to the student’s mom he realized that Miles needed help, and he vowed to be the one to give it to him. Then, after driving Miles to school every day, Lanier watched him do something the boy’s family have never witnessed before.
Teachers frequently choose their profession in order to help students reach their full potential. And yet that M.O. often starts and ends at the school grounds. However, when Lanier, the assistant principal of Northeast High School in Macon, Georgia, learned a student had problems, he made it his mission to help.
Lanier remembered his first encounter with Miles. As he recalled in a blog on Love What Matters, “It was my first day as assistant principal… A young man approached me and saluted. He asked me, ‘Sir, were you ever in the military?’ I responded, ‘No’ and continued to move around the cafeteria, monitoring other students.”