Rasan Portlock and son Ryheim

Rasan Portlock, 29, and his 10 year old son, Ryheim had an emotional ‘Today’ interview with with NBC’s chief education correspondent Rehema Ellis. The father and son were discussing education and “big dreams”. Portlock discussed the huge changes he’s seen in his son and credits the quality of education his child receives at Devonshire Elementary School in Charlotte, N.C.

“I didn’t know if they really cared about what they were teaching him or not,” he said. “Now you can tell that there’s more concern about the children’s growth. It’s more about learning, it’s an experience, it’s better. It’s about success.”

When talking about his son’s qualities, Rasan said his son has always accepted a challenge and does not give up.

The duo also talked about how the family’s involvement in teaching Ryheim important lessons at home has encouraged him to dream big.

“He’s always had big dreams, from a child he always wanted to be something,” Rasan said.

When asked what he wants to be when he grows up, Ryheim said: “I want to be a genetic engineer when I grow up and before that I wanted to be a doctor.”

He later adds, “I get these big dreams from like when I read books, when I read books from the library, I go like ‘Wow! I want to be this when I grow up.”

You can view the full interview below.

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