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March 1, 2020

Agent LaTezeon Humphrey Balentine (Giving)

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to examine what your students need, whether it be representative books, positive attention or hygiene products, and try to find ways to meet those needs. The special agent assigned to help you with this task is LaTezeon Humphrey Balentine of Natchez, Mississippi.

LaTezeon is an incredibly inspiring teacher with one of the most open and giving hearts. I found her on Twitter where she always has motivating words, and many many books to give away to teachers and students. LaTezeon recently left classroom teaching to be an educational consultant at Education Galaxy, which provides online assessment, practice and instruction for students. She also has a children’s book, called “Fur Friends” coming out on April 24, 2020, with a percentage of her sales going to an animal shelter.

This interview involved a lot of firsts for me: the first interview with someone outside of Washington or British Columbia, the first online recording I’ve done, and the first time I’ve cried with my interviewee at the end of the interview. 

Ms. Humphrey-Balentine’s goal is to provide two $200 book scholarships to students this coming June. Lesson: Impossible is happy to give $100, and will match up to another $100 that listeners are willing to give. So, if you donate through and email me at or DM me at @avivalevin with how much you gave, I will add that to the total I will donate. Latezeon has given so much of her own money and time constantly, let’s help take a little of the burden off of her shoulders!


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LaTezeon’s Website -

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LaTezeon’s is an Educational Consultant for Education Galaxy:


Books mentioned:

Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson

What Momma Left Me by Renée Watson

The Skin I'm In by Sharon Flake and Jason Reynolds


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