In 2010, a new student joined my class. He was a recent immigrant from Guinea. This didn’t surprise me as all students at my school are recent immigrants. The surprise came later when I realized this student was not only new to learning English, but he was new to print. Just as he was learning new words in English, he was also learning to write his name. At a traditional school, with a large student population, this student would struggle. Yet in my teacher-powered school (TPS), he thrived, and is on track to graduate.