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Big-city businessman drops career to teach TN children


A Nashville man made a life change with the hope that it would change lives, and it certainly has. He is Paying It 4Ward one young mind at a time.

Ted Gerring's job years ago was all about making money. He lived in Chicago and worked in finance, dealing everyday with Wall Street and shareholders.

But in his off-time he volunteered at an after-school tutoring program, and one day met an 8th grader who couldn't read.

It would change the course of Gerring's life.

"That, to me, was mind-blowing. How could a student come into 8th grade and could not read a simple book?" Gerring said.

That moment stuck with him for months. It made him question public education and then made him question himself.

"So I decided what I'd do about it was try to change the problem, and so I'm here today in my own way trying to do something about it," Gerring said.

He quit that high-paying job and signed up with Teach for America. They trained him then sent him to teach in Tennessee.

He now teaches fourth grade at Glenview Elementary School in Nashville, and what a difference he's making.

"We're very specific in this classroom - how we work as a team, how we accomplish things together," Gerring said. "I think we need to challenge our students to be more than they sometimes believe they can be."

His unselfish goal is get all of his 10-year-old students on a path to college.

"If I can try to change the world through them, then what amount of money could be worth what they could become?" Gerring said.

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