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Courtesy of Michael Manion Recently on my way back from a well-deserved surfing trip to Baja, I had quite an interesting experience. My traveling buddy and I were staying with Geoff, a friend in Los Angeles who couldn't join our expedition. Although a passionate globetrotting surfer himself, Geoff is more dedicated to his students than to the call of the ocean. While we spent a few days recovering from Baja-belly and from sampling the local surf, he invited us to school to talk with his stude

Michael Manion
Jun 1, 2003
Courtesy of Michael Manion

Recently on my way back from a well-deserved surfing trip to Baja, I had quite an interesting experience. My traveling buddy and I were staying with Geoff, a friend in Los Angeles who couldn't join our expedition. Although a passionate globetrotting surfer himself, Geoff is more dedicated to his students than to the call of the ocean. While we spent a few days recovering from Baja-belly and from sampling the local surf, he invited us to school to talk with his students about our careers. As further enticement, he offered to show us the 12-foot albino python he keeps in his classroom--part of a twisted award system for students.

His institution, Elizabeth Hudson School, is a California Distinguished School, which means it performs much higher than schools with students from similar backgrounds (80% of the students are on meal programs (free or reduced cost) for low-income...

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