TAMPA, Fla. — Blake High School teacher Pam Glas knows how to get the best out of someone.
"Honestly she takes us in like we're her own kids, and she takes us in like she's known us forever and a day," said junior Venecia Holder.
Kind of ironic she said that because Glas actually made him one of her kids.
"It just ended up as it is now, something beautiful I feel like a part of the family now," Alex Givens told us.
Alex says he was overwhelmed, overcome with expenses and unsure of what to do next.
"I always go forward thinking I could not live with myself if we didn't do this and something happened to this child," said Glas.
So Glas took Alex in.
"I spent some beautiful Christmases and dinners, lots of great memories there," Venecia said smiling.
A relationship both of them say was built on trust. Glas believes a stable home life is the key to all of her students achieving their dreams.
"A home, a stable house is something we can provide so we've just always been that house," said Glas.
A full house now. Glas and her husband have two children of their own and four more living with them.
Alex has no regrets.
"I’m totally happy and very thankful I gave her that chance it bettered my life extremely," said Alex.
And the feeling is mutual.
"I feel they are a gift in my life as much as they probably feel we are helping them along," said Glas.