My inspiration came from a high school teacher named Mr. Krauthamer. I was in his class for 10th-grade world history. I really enjoyed his sense of humor and he often had to tell me to let others participate. (I loved his praise when I participated; I didn’t do it often in other classes.)
In the spring of my 11th-grade year, Kraut (as we all called him) came to me and said, ”I want you to take my AP macroeconomics class next fall. We’ll have a lot of fun.” I was a little taken aback and told him so. He reassured me that I didn’t have to take the AP exam and that the material really wasn’t that hard.