ATLANTA -- It's no secret the middle school years are a tough part of the growing up process. The awkwardness of adolescence comes with the changes both physically and emotionally for kids.
"This such a hard age that they are looking for their identify, and if they can find one person at school that that can relate to," said Kandy Wilkinson. "Then, they've connected."
At Atlanta's Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School, one person kids relate to is language arts teacher Tara Johnson. She believes she understands them because she and the students come from similar backgrounds.
"Ms. Johnson is a person who is doing what she was meant to do in life. Everyday, she comes in with a positive, go-getter attitude," Wilkinson said.
"Some the issues, some the struggles, I faced some of those things, too, growing up in the inner-city schools," Johnson said.
She also relates well to them when it comes to fashion.