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Tiffany Shelton

Tiffany Shelton is a teacher at Sir Sandford Fleming Academy. The school is straddled in between two communities troubled with poverty, drugs and gang violence — issues that have historically found their way inside the school halls. Shelton teaches Grade 10 Applied English and African History. She tries to include themes of social justice in her teaching. Shelton has also been responsible for getting her schools provincial literacy grades up. While her school's ranking has increased, it's still below the provincial average.

At the age of 28, Shelton's a single mother, and sends her daughter to the Africentric Alternative School — the first of its kind in Canada.

Shelton aims to be a role model for her students, but teaching in a school about to be closed down, she discovers she has some tough choices to make.

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"The Real Lives of Canadian Teachers" is an exclusive, fly-on-the-wall series that shows the remarkable, dramatic and uplifting real-life moments in the lives of four high school teachers, who demonstrate that leadership matters when it comes to shaping Canada’s future.

"Real Lives of Canadian Teachers" focuses as much on the lives of teachers and the surprising realities of the students they deal with as it does the intricacies of the work they do. Home lives often clash with the demands of the job, and as another school year begins, this is an inside, intimate look at the education system and all its challenges.

Taking viewers inside "The Real Lives of Canadian Teachers" are:

Paul Aikins, who teaches music theatre at Etobicoke School of the Arts

Tiffany Shelton, a teacher at Sir Sandford Fleming Academy in Toronto

Keith Hoare, who teaches culinary arts at Thistletown Collegiate Institute in Rexdale

Nicole Magson, who teaches history, social science and dance at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Collegiate in Scarborough.