Dawn Drake likes to make clear that she didn't leave public school teaching when she took a job at Aspire. She started at Aspire after 15 years in the Lodi Unified School District.
It was 2000, and the district was in the process of moving away from year-round school. She was a reading recovery teacher at Davis Elementary School, being forced to squeeze a year-round calendar of information into a very short school year.
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