Daniel Adler, Educator
March 30, 2016
“VITA [Volunteer Income Tax Assistance] is a win-win-win for everybody. My students learn how to do taxes, the community gets free assistance and I love doing it. The students see lots of single moms, immigrants, low-income residents and are pretty intimidated the first time, but their confidence grows. They say it was the best thing they did in high school.
I didn’t always want to be a teacher. I wasn’t a stellar student. But there were a few teachers who helped me out, who saved me from the brink. Education really is rocket science. It’s complicated. Many teachers are afraid to fail, but I actually think you earn points when you fail in front of your students.
Education is getting kids to think, to get their own answers. And if you get your kids involved in the community, they’ll spend the rest of their lives giving back to the community.”
Daniel Adler is one of our 30 Unsung Heroes of Los Angeles County – everyday people doing extraordinary things. Read our other Unsung Heroes’ stories at calfund.org/laheroes and share your hero on social media using #LAheroes.
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