From the March 2010 magazine.

In the game

A star athlete and straight A student relies on alcohol to fit in

AS I sit here after my third-period class and ponder why I became a teacher, I remember my primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety. I sit back, take a deep breath and count my blessings, everything I tell my sponsees to do.

I was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1966 with a club foot, so my father thought I would be a cripple--or at least he said that to my mom and made her cry. I think from my first breath I thought something was wrong with me. When I was 5, we moved to an 87-acre farm with horses, cows, pigs, dogs, cats and chickens outside of...


San Diego, Calif