#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Amanda Gordon, 26, Colorado Springs, CO

A childhood spent jumping from foster home to foster home left Gordon with few positive influences in her life until a high school math teacher stepped up to show her what life and family could be. Gordon credits that Fellowship of Christian Athletes adviser and teacher for showing her the power of optimism and forgiveness – and giving her the inner strength to eventually reconcile with her parents.

Mrs. Reynolds also encouraged her to continue her education, and now Gordon is working on a paralegal certificate from Pikes Peak Community College. She plans to earn a degree in sociology and pre-law, continue on to law school and eventually practice family law. Her scholarship will go toward tuition.

Gordon sees it all simply as payback to someone who cared enough to show her the way.

“It is now time for me to be the example and positive influence for my family and community,” she said.

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