I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings Chapter 28
In school, Maya does very well, but she is intimidated by the confident, educated children. She has one teacher who shows no favorites, but simply displays a love of learning. She expects her students to do well and be interested in the world around them, and so they are. Maya loves and respects her, especially because she seems to believe she is just doing her job. Maya now believes what Bailey has told her: "All knowledge is spendable currency, depending on the market." Chapter 28, pg. 210
Maya attends a drama and dance school on scholarship. She has no idea why-she has no experience with either. One of her teachers makes her pantomime for six months, because she is such an overactress. She loves dance especially, though, and continues her evening classes.