I was a retail manager for 20 years. My college-aged employees would come back from school to work addicted to heroin. At that point, my mind was blown, so I became an addiction counselor.

My reset occurred at 35 years old, when I went and got a master’s degree in education to teach junior high school kids. I wanted to uncover why the standard answer to the question, “where were the teachers in school when you were doing drugs?” was “our teachers don’t care.” I decided to become the teacher who cared.