Careers: Why Not Teach Next?

All over the U.S., thousands are switching careers and taking their place at the head of the classroom

Pouring sprites at 31,000 feet when I'm 51 years old" was not what Alan Loper wanted to be doing in the winter of his working years. By age 33, he had already been a wrestling announcer, sportswriter and flight attendant. When Eastern Airlines closed, an event he later recognized as "a blessing in disguise," Loper sought a more meaningful career. He became first a classroom English teacher and later the head counselor at Chamblee High School, a magnet school outside Atlanta. He no longer has doubts about his present or his future. "When you can look at yourself in the mirror...

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