CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Essence Magazine launched a search for the hardest working black woman in America and found the winner in a Cleveland classroom.
Tequila Calwise is a wife, mother, teacher and mentor. Essence Magazine selected her from more than 250 nominations, saying that she meets the challenges of inner-city education head-on while helping kids succeed.
Calwise is a third grade teacher at Euclid Park School. She also founded the Lady Bound Program that helps adolescent girls stay on the right track.
Lady Bound member An'Taija Williams said Calwise really deserves the recognition.
"If you were here every day on a daily basis, you would see everything she does," she said. "It's for a purpose."
Third grader Reginald Grant called his teacher tireless.
"She always has lots of stuff to do, and she still has time for us," he said.
Calwise agrees she does a lot and never stops, getting just a few hours of sleep a night.
"By 4 a.m. I'm ready to get up and get going again," she said.
But, she does everything she does because she wants to, not because she has to.
"What I do makes me happy," she said. "So, it doesn't seem like it's a lot of hard work for me because it's what I want to do."
Calwise was actually nominated by her mother-in-law. Her story is featured in January issue of Essence Magazine.