I went into teaching out of fear. After watching my dad botch the beatnik path, I was petrified of the failed artist’s life. Indeed, while my heart belonged to sports writing and dreams of writing for Sports Illustrated, my mind steered me to teaching. Teaching was my sure thing, my stable thing, my something to fall back on. Over the course of a school year, it became my calling.
Brandy Price has been a teacher since she was eight—first holding neighborhood kids captive in a makeshift classroom before moving on to a more formal setting. She is currently the principal of Ingenium Charter School in Canoga Park, California.