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Poet is praised for self-esteem itself, but being "proud of myself for being who I am" is rarer still. Congratulations, also, to Amber's language arts teacher, Linda Gillespie, whose encouragement can only foster the efforts of her students. Barbara Seaborn, Martinez
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Teen poet published in anthology

...area around me: the people, the attitudes." "She does a wonderful job writing," said Linda Gillespie, Amber's language arts teacher. "It's beautiful work." Del Elliott, a reading teacher who offered encouragement while Amber was writing...