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Dear Tom,

At this point in my life, I want to give up.  My husband and i are going through a bankruptcy and getting ready to lose the only home we own and family land.  We had to move from Lake County to Miami Dade because my husband found a better job. But with 3 sons to support, one income is not working out.

I have completed my Bachelor’s degree in education K-6 “Magna Cum Laude”, but I can’t get a teaching position because I have to complete my general knowledge, subject area and I professional exams to teach here in Miami-Dade.  In order to just substitute teach i must complete the general knowledge exam. However, I can’t afford any tests at this time.

Tom, I tutor weekly and that money helps with food, my children’s lunch, physical therapy for my back and gas.  I really can’t wait to get back into the classroom, but i feel as if I have hit a brick wall.  I am trying my hardest not to break down.

To make matters worse our car died yesterday and we now have a car payment at a high interest rate that we were not expecting.

I’m asking for a Christmas wish to see if you can cover the certification exams needed to secure a teaching position.  I know things will get better.  We are a family that believes in hard work and dedication.  But at this point, we need a little help. Thank you so much for listening!!!

CHRISTMAS WISH: Shuontay Campbell  was originally published on

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