"About a decade ago I graduated from college. I was a sharp kid (I graduated with honors) but I didn't have much direction. I fell into finance (that was the thing for sharp kids to do at the time) and after some ups and downs, I decided that career path wasn't for me. Between that point and the present there was a teacher shortage, and I got recruited to teach math and special education. In exchange for spending a few years at a high need school in the city, the state paid for my graduate degree"