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Monrovia Middle School student shines in the classroom

MONROVIA, AL (WAFF) -

Brian Austin is a student teachers pay attention to. It's not because he's a trouble maker but because seems wise beyond his years.

"His Attitude is always positive, it's never negative. He never has a cross word for anyone and I can tell that with his relationship with other students as well," said Monrovia Middle School History Teacher Jake Herrera.

Herrera, a first year teacher, said he feels lucky to have a student like Brian, especially knowing Brian's struggles. Brian's mother is a two time cancer survivor and has depended on Brian to not only be a caretaker, but maintain good grades.

"To know that and then to see him make straight A's and keep a hundred average completely through this time was remarkable to me," said Herrera.

"I just focus on my school work and just try to keep up my good grades," said Brian.

He also said his parents are the reason he does so well. They have high expectations of him and he takes those expectations seriously.

"Always study, and make sure to turn your work in on time and try not to get any late assignments and follow your teachers instructions," said Brian.

While Brian gives some credit to good teachers for his success, Herrera said he gives credit to students like Brian who make his job easy.

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