Valedictorian: Foster kid taken in by teacher
ST. PETERSBURG — When she first got the email about her student, Amy Krusemark was perplexed.
Robert Hurley, a tall freshman with a messy bun of curls in her geometry class at Boca Ciega High, would have to move away soon. He had been living in a St. Petersburg foster home, and the managers in charge of his case were pushing to relocate him.
“It seems pretty preposterous that someone so sweet and loving would be in a system so long,” Krusemark remembered thinking.
A former foster parent herself, with two open rooms at home, she thought about it some more. Then she approached Hurley.
“I want to help you be you,” she told him.