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How A Former Flight Attendant Found A Second Career In Education

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Jean Osbay-Bell of Phillip and Sala Burton High School.

From the series It Takes A School:

Life experience prepared Jean Osbay-Bell her for a second career as a counselor at Phillip and Sala Burton High School. Bell spent twenty-five years as a flight attendant while also working in the San Francisco Unified School District.

"It's not all about the textbook, you can read forever and it will not teach you everything."

She’s worn plenty of hats over the years, including stints as an assistant principal, dean, and paraprofessional — but it’s the things that can’t be taught in a textbook that has made her so beloved by the students at Burton.

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