TULSA, Okla. (KFOR) – Rebecca Fine was once the 6th grade teacher of Rayla Thomas. Rebecca inspired Rayla to become a teacher herself and the two have now reconnected.

Fine was supportive during the struggles and personal battles Thomas endured as a child. Thomas’ teachers gave her hope and encouragement to continue with her studies.

Watch the above video for Rayla’s story about how Rebecca shaped her life.

‘ShapED My Life’ is sponsored by True Sky Credit Union and the Oklahoma Department of Education.