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Adam Teper ’04

 

Adam Teper ’04

adam teper - new2Adam Teper ’04 (Woonsocket High School) graduated from Roger Williams University in 2008 with a B.S. in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology. Adam currently works as a professional actor within the Screen Actor’s Guild and also substitute teaches in Rhode Island on the side.

Adam worked for The College Crusade during summer 2007 as a Ways to A’s Instructor, teaching study skills to young Crusaders. He is a strong believer in our mentoring approach. “I think that if I were not in the Crusade, I would probably not be where I am today,” he says. “I had a rough childhood, and the Crusade helped me with my school work and allowed me to concentrate better and learn in a way that fit me. They essentially played a huge role in helping me make it into Honor Society in high school. My family is also low income, and with the help of a Crusade scholarship, I was able to go to one of the most prestigious criminal justice universities in the country. All my thanks go to Christine Baker, who was the Advisor for Woonsocket High School – her help through my four years at WHS will never be forgotten!”

Adam spent years training to become a police officer until one day he had the opportunity to be on the set of a major motion picture and instantly fell in love with it. “Society suggests that following dreams isn’t always the right decision as it doesn’t guarantee money or a future,” he says, “but my experiences with the Crusade reminded me that anything is possible if you fight for what you want and you put your mind to it.” The dedication Adam has shown for his new-found craft over the last seven years is finally starting to pay off, and he says he owes a lot of that to the values he learned while actively participating in the Crusade throughout his school years. Now he tries to give back to youth as much as he can, knowing he wouldn’t be where he is today if it wasn’t for adults doing the same thing for him back then.

Adam recently received his first screen credit for his hard work and dedication to the Disney film The Finest Hours, where he helped to portray a real-life Coast Guard hero. “The Crusade taught me to get involved and to stay involved and follow your dreams, which is what I am doing each and every day,” he says. “My eyes are still being opened to new experiences and I am still being taught lessons that will help me in life.”

 

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