When 11-year-old Thalia Brown last saw her music teacher, Benny Golbin, a week ago, she asked him a question: "Do you remember me?"
Thalia, a soft-spoken sixth-grader at Children of Promise Preparatory Academy in Inglewood, saw Golbin just once a week, and school had only just started back up after the winter holiday. But he gave her the assurance she was looking for.
"Of course I remember you," Golbin told her, smiling.
At Children of Promise, a charter school where Golbin taught trumpet and clarinet to fourth- through seventh-graders on Fridays, he was known as the kind of teacher who always made time for every kid. He'd show up early. He'd stay...