Michael Atkins, Former custodian starts job as principal

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Michael Atkins, Former custodian starts job as principal.

A man who started as a custodian in Denver’s school system has just become a principal.

Michael Atkins told KUSA his road has been tough at times.

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When he was in elementary school, he formed a relationship with his second grade teacher who encouraged him to do more. In middle school, though, things got tough for Atkins.

At 21, he became a custodian for Denver Schools and says he took pride in every room he cleaned.

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It was shortly after that he ran into that old second grade teacher. She helped get him into a classroom and to become a teacher.

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He worked his way up through the ranks and is now starting his job as a principal at the elementary school in the neighborhood where he grew up.

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