Gideon Yu knows the value of good teaching

The graduating seniors at University School of Nashville (USN) were treated to a convocation send-off the other evening that almost made me wish to be seventeen again. Alumnus Gideon Yu (USN ’89), formerly of Yahoo, YouTube, and Facebook, now of the San Francisco 49ers, came home to regale his young successors with wonderful, inspiring stories of perseverance and virtue. He came, too, with a fat check in honor of the retiring High School math teacher (Ms. Davies) whose simple words of encouragement had a huge impact, at just the right moment. That made me proud of my profession.


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