Alvin Crawley, superintendent of the Alexandria City Public Schools in Virginia, was the first in his family to attend college.
He grew up in Richmond, Va., with his parents, who never finished high school, and an older brother. His father was a supervisor at American Tobacco Company.
His guidance counselor at George Woods High School in the Richmond School District took him under her wing, and sent him on an 81-mile bus trip to visit Hampton Institute, which is now Hampton University. He was enthralled, and he later enrolled.