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Sixth-grade teacher Mikaila Davis of Lansing poses for a portrait outside her home, Wednesday, May 13, 2020. She has had to finish the school year teaching her students at Sheridan Road STEM remotely. (Photo: Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal)

Mikaila Davis wanted to be the teacher she didn’t have as a second grader. 

Most of the teachers at her majority black school in Mississippi were white. As the only white girl in her class, Davis noticed her teacher treated her better than her black peers. 

Davis vowed to become a teacher who built relationships with all students while treating them equally.

But these days, she’s facing the challenge of building relationships with students online

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