Stephen Sroka

“Boy is retarded,” reads the top of Dr. Stephen Sroka’s third-grade report card. In ES, he was mocked and bullied for having a crossed eye and a speech impediment. He was crippled in a HS fight. In a wheelchair for a year, it was questionable whether he would ever walk again. Doctors said, “ Listen to your teachers.” The more he listened, the smarter the teachers became. His HS counselor told him that he didn’t have the IQ to go to college, but he didn’t know that Steve had the I WILL. He taught for 30 years in the urban environment. He went from the “projects” to being inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame. He received the Outstanding School Health Educator Award from the American School Health Association. He was awarded The Walt Disney American Outstanding Teacher of Health and Physical Education, and has been on Oprah and covered in USA TODAY. Today he is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Case Western Reserve University and the president of Health Education Consultants.
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