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From T.C. Williams Dropout to Ph.D.

Dr. Roderic Brame and his wife Rachel pose for a photo outside of St. Elmo’s on Saturday afternoon, March 30, with friends, former students and their families. Pictured are Shamsun and Maisha Nahus, Shamso and Laila Mohamed, Shema, Rachel and Roderic Brame and Fatima and Aidan Sivirian.

Dr. Roderic Brame and his wife Rachel pose for a photo outside of St. Elmo’s on Saturday afternoon, March 30, with friends, former students and their families. Pictured are Shamsun and Maisha Nahus, Shamso and Laila Mohamed, Shema, Rachel and Roderic Brame and Fatima and Aidan Sivirian. Photo by Louise Krafft.

— Injured from an accident with heavy machinery and left with a broken back, Roderic Brame went back to school. He was admitted to Radford University were he completed a B.S in geology and a M.S. in science education. Brame continued and pursued and was awarded a Ph.D in geological sciences from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He has not ever received a high school diploma after dropping out of T.C. Williams. Brame dropped in again after attaining his doctorate and for three years taught the ESL students Earth Science. Today Brame is an instructor of science at Academy at the Lakes View in West Florida.

Brame returned to Alexandria over spring break with his wife Rachel to visit friends and promote his new book, “The Mighty Titans.” While Brame was at T.C. Williams, he taught 341 students; 184 of those students are still in contact with him through facebook and email. Nineteen of those students contributed their perspectives on learning to the book. They included: Sharmin Ahktar, Tynita Butts, Wendy Diaz, Esteban Enriquez, Mavis Gandayi, Brice Gibson, Yonathan Kassaye, Hanna Mangold, Aynun Nahar, Fatima Sivirian, Oscar Vasquez, Habiba Ashna, Yancy Collins, Kate Doniger, Diana Espinosa Newman, Citina Getachew, Maria Henry, Ahmed Khalil Ph.D., Almas Mendygaliyev, Sonia Paniagua and Tracy Twumasi.

“The Mighty Titans” may be purchased at St. Elmo’s in Del Ray or online at www.themightytitans.com