Gary Shlack Research Paper

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Gary Schlack was born and raised in southeastern Michigan to a close tight-knit Roman Catholic family with strong blue-collar and unwavering patriotic American values. His father “Big” Gary owned a small home repair business and was a veteran that served during the Vietnam War. His mother Karen was a homemaker and the daughter of a World War II veteran, who worked as a Big Three tool-and-die machinist for over 20 years. As a teenager, Gary was a regular volunteer in the community, a leader in the student organization Pax Christi, and was elected class president his senior year of high school. After high school, Gary studied political science and secondary education at Michigan State University and became an outspoken student advocate for public education as a member of the Michigan State University College Democrats. However, after his sophomore year, Gary decided to postpone his education…show more content…
Yet, in the midst of her recovery, Gary’s father was diagnosed with kidney cancer. Unlike Gary’s mother, his father would lose his fight to cancer in the days before the passage of the Affordable Care Act. After this somber time, Gary picked himself up and returned back to school to became the first member of his family to earn a college diploma. With his best friend and future wife Bridget, Gary relocated to Plymouth to explore the possibility of becoming a full-time teacher by working as a substitute teacher. Gary wound up subbing in every public school in Canton, Plymouth, and Northville. Gary saw firsthand the dedication and sacrifices public school teachers endure. Nevertheless, as the economy recovered slowly, the possibility of finding a full-time job as a teacher looked bleak. Unwilling to leave Michigan, like so many of his peers, Gary was forced to make the difficult decision to look for employment outside
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