I dropped out of high school after my freshman year. I can’t thrive in a public school environment. When dropping out of high school, there are two things people can choose to think about you; that you’re a burnout, or that you’re a prodigy. There’s no in-between to those around you. It’s infinitely easier to fall under the former stereotype than the latter, so I knew I had to do something to defy expectations.

I was absolutely lost as to where to start, so I was passing the time by doing what I loved; tech. I ‘Frankensteined’ my own PC out of three older ones, touched-up on my coding, and learned how to run a 3D printer. Tech became nearly 100% of my education curriculum, as well as a big chunk of my day-to-day life.

I started to do this thing where I’d log in to unsecured wifi modems and poke around the BIOS. I earned a reputation for changing people’s wifi names to something obscure, and in some cases, just my name. Most people hated it, though luck would have it, one victim happened to be Janet Broadbent. Janet is the former principal, as well as a jack-of-all-trades at the local homeschool co-op. She’d spent the past few days scouring Craigslist and social media for anybody to teach Computers at the last minute, after the previously lined-up teacher got cold feet, as this gig was a volunteer role. On the night before the first day of school, she went online to make one last attempt. It was then that Janet’s husband recommended ‘that kid up the road who has been screwing with our router.’

Janet immediately gave me a call. Soon after, she met with me in person to explain the position a little better. With little convincing, I agreed to fill-in for ‘about a month’.

In the first month teaching, I developed a solid curriculum, and started building momentum with my students, and agreed to take over another class, Typing.

I was then asked to meet with the board. They asked me if this was a challenge I’d want to take on for the entire school year, which I immediately confirmed that I did. I took on that year with little experience, but a world of drive.