Thomas M. Bloch, former CEO of H&R Block and currently a middle school math teacher and president of the board at University Academy, has been involved in a variety of education initiatives since he changed careers. He and his wife, Mary, founded the Youth Service Alliance of Greater Kansas City to encourage and recognize outstanding community service through school-based programs. He is also a founding board member of the Kansas City Foundation for Higher Education, a trustee of the University of Missouri at Kansas City, President of the Endowment Fund for the Henry W. Bloch School of Business at the University of Missouri at Kansas City, and chairman of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation. He returned to H&R Block in 2000?as a member of the board of directors.
Stand for the Best: What I Learned after Leaving My Job as CEO of H&R Block to Become a Teacher and Founder of an Inner-City Charter Schoolby Thomas M. Bloch
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Thirteen years ago, Tom Bloch was CEO of H&R Block, the groundbreaking tax organization. The son of the company’s founder, he was a happily married 41-year-old executive, but something was missing from his life. After a nineteen-year career at the company, Bloch resigned his position to become a math teacher in an impoverished inner-city section of Kansas City. Stand for the Best reveals Bloch’s struggles to make a difference for his marginalized students and how he eventually co-founded a successful charter school, University Academy.
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amazing story. In today's society, when money and power are considered the ultimate goal, it is refreshing to read about a guy who just wants to do good. Bloch imparts lessons he has learned in the classroom and in life, which are fascinating and insightful. Whether you're thinking about a career change in general or becoming a teacher, this book is for you. well-written and enjoyable.
Tom Bloch's story is both charming and thought-provoking. He is brave enough to admit to many private feelings -- and a few failures. But this book is more than just funny stories about his students who snack all through class on hot chips and pickles and whose family stories are painfully poignant. It is a careful consideration of the huge challenges before teachers who work in urban schools and what changes our country needs to make to create real educational equality. Bloch also thinks out loud carefully with gentle humor about what makes a meaningful life. Worth the time and investment to read.