Cynthia Jones LECTURER ENGLISH DEPARTMENT What pops at me are the students. I am here to teach, but I find my students teach me. What snatches at me about Hostos is the Grace. I love seeing students develop. At first they’re anxious and tentative, they need to be encouraged. Then they progress in ways that almost can’t be measured. It’s humbling. Each day I talk to my mother in Orangeburg, South Carolina. She’s 90 years old. She’s one of the last living teachers of the first black schools sponsored by Sears & Roebuck, an initiative of Booker T. Washington. Her schoolhouse is now a National Monument. She came to New York, second in her class, from a black college, but was turned away. She worked in a factory, then social services. Hostos snatches at me like my mother, filled by grace.