Tamica Stubbs, 35, teaches in the Charlotte, N.C., area at a school whose students suffer some of the highest rates of poverty and the lowest rates of academic achievement, yet she has transformed her students into science superstars who have won awards for research in nanoscience, biotechnology and molecular biology. Her students -- even those without science aspirations -- are passing state biology tests at rates that compare to the system's top schools. "If you grab their attention," she says, "you can teach them anything you want to."

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