One Gifted Teacher, One Willing Student: 'I Can READ' By Dan Verbeck • Mar 19, 2009 ShareTwitter Facebook Google+ Email Alferd Williams, 71, clutches one more gift book at school where he is a third grade student. kcur photo by dan verbeck Listen Listening... / St. Joseph, Mo. – Extended Audio: Listen to Alferd Williams having an extended conversation with KCUR's Dan Verbeck about his challenges and joy. Listen to teacher Alesia Hamilton talk further about their joint venture in learning. View the discussion thread.