Brad Cohen, President

 

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Brad Cohen Tourette Foundation was inspired by Brad Cohen’s real life story.  Growing up with Tourette syndrome, people didn’t believe in Brad and didn’t want to give him a chance.  But Brad went on to prove his doubters wrong showing them that just because you’re different, you can still follow your dreams.  Brad wanted to be that teacher he never had. After 25 interviews, Brad was hired as a second grade teacher in Atlanta, Georgia.  He went on to be the First Class Teacher of the Year for the State of Georgia.

 

After getting his undergraduate degree from Bradley University, he went on to receive his Master’s and Specialist’s degrees from Georgia State University. Brad is the author of the “Education Book of the Year” Front of the Class: How Tourette Syndrome Made Me the Teacher I Never Had.  Later, Hallmark Hall of Fame produced the made for TV movie, Front of the Class, which aired on CBS and the Hallmark Channel.

 

Brad’s been featured on Oprah, CNN, People Magazine, The New York Times, Inside Edition, The Washington Post, and more.  He’s been involved in the community as the Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Tourette Syndrome Association of GeorgiaChairman of Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society, named Ben and Jerry’s Citizen Cool National Semi-Finalist for community service and named the United Way Volunteer of the Month. Brad was selected as the Outstanding Young Alumnus for Bradley University and was named the Atlanta Braves/Bellsouth Excellence in Education winner.

 

Brad is a nationally known motivational speaker and is an assistant principal of an elementary school in the Atlanta area where he lives life to the fullest with his wife, Nancy, and his two sons.