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Brad  Cohen

Brad Cohen

Inspirational Teacher with Tourette Syndrome, Positive Attitude

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Brad Cohen

Brad Cohen

Inspirational Teacher with Tourette Syndrome, Positive Attitude

In-Person Fee Range:
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Traveling from:
Georgia

Why Book

  • Brad Cohen presents an inspiring true story of incredible challenges and unwavering determination.  This story is one about following your dreams despite the challenges that are placed in front of you.
  • As a child with Tourette syndrome, a neurological brain disorder that causes the body to make strange sounds and uncontrollable violent twitches, Brad was beaten, mocked, and shunned. As an adult, Brad overcame all odds to become an award-winning teacher of the year for the state of Georgia. The road in between was a roller coaster ride of perseverance.
  • Brad Cohen inspires audiences to overcome life’s challenges and pursue their goals.

Biography

Living with Tourette Syndrome can be a challenge, but Brad Cohen believes he has overcome his disability by living life to its fullest. Brad has been a highly respected teacher for over 20 years. Brad is currently the Assistant Principal at Addison Elementary School in Cobb County Georgia, just outside of Atlanta, Georgia. Brad previously taught second and third grade at Tritt and Mountain View Elementary in Cobb County and was the technology lab instructor at Stripling Elementary School in Gwinnett County.

Brad has not only taught reading, math and computers, but he also teaches his students how to accept people for who they are, no matter what their disability may be. One of Brad’s biggest honors was the Sallie Mae First Year Teacher of the Year Award for the State of Georgia. Brad received this award for both his outstanding teaching and positive role model abilities.

Brad attended Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois where he graduated Cum Laude and received his bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. He went on to attend Georgia State University where he received both a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Specialist Degree in Leadership and Administration. Brad hopes to be an administrator in the near future.

Brad is President of the Brad Cohen Tourette Foundation, Inc. helping to raise money to support programs across the country for kids with Tourette syndrome. Brad has been active with the Tourette Syndrome Association of Georgia where he served on the Board of Directors. He started an overnight summer camp for children who have Tourette’s and has traveled around to help other camps in the US. He speaks to parents, teachers, children, and adults about his experiences with Tourette Syndrome.

Brad volunteers with many community events. Brad was the chairman of Relay for Life with the American Cancer Society in Roswell and Cobb County. He has been a little league coach for a 4th grade baseball team. He was recognized for his community involvement and selected as a semi finalist in the Ben and Jerry’s Citizen Cool Contest. He has been inducted into the Parkway Hall of Fame in St. Louis and was recognized by Bradley University as their Outstanding Young Alumni. Brad was named the Atlanta Braves/Bell South Excellence in Education winner and was presented with an award at Turner Field. During the baseball season, Brad used to be found at Turner Field where he worked part time as one of the Atlanta Braves mascots. He is no longer one of the mascots as he now focuses on his book and speaking engagements. He started the Brad Cohen Tourette Foundation to help kids with Tourette Syndrome. Last but not least, Brad is married to his wife Nancy and has two sons.

Brad has been featured on Oprah, Inside Edition, People Magazine, CNN and several other magazines and newspaper articles. Brad was published in a book titled, Getting Personal, Stories of Life with Tourette Syndrome. This was Brad’s first published work. Now, Brad’s first official book, Front of the Class: How Tourette Syndrome Made Me the Teacher I Never Had, is available in hardback and paperback in book stores across America. Hallmark Hall of Fame featured Brad’s movie Front of the Class on national television and continues to air it on the Hallmark Movie Channel.  The movie was remade in Bollywood India and is titled Hichki, which means hiccup in English.  Brad hopes to help share his story about overcoming the obstacles in his new book. This motivational and inspirational book/movie will show people that you can succeed no matter what disability you may have. The book/movie also reminds educators about the difference they make.

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Programs

The Power of One: How All It Takes Is For One Person To Make A Difference In The Life Of A Child

Brad shares his journey of overcoming the challenges of Tourette Syndrome to go on to become an award winning teacher. He focuses on passion, positive attitude and perseverance and reminds people that they can be that one person who can make a difference in the life of a child. Educators must hear his story!

Overcoming Obstacles and Winning the Game of Life

Learn how to set goals, overcome life’s challenges and stay positive in the face of rejection.

Tourette Syndrome: My Best Friend

Learn to understand Tourette Syndrome, proven coping mechanisms, and become able to embrace disability.

Children and Youth

Learn how children can best benefit from organized youth groups and how to find the best group for your child.

Teacher Training of TS, ADHD, OCD and Other Disabilities

Find out how to reach the disabled child, via successful classroom integration, work modifications and positive parent/teacher communication.

Brad Cohen Reviews

“Brad was a pleasure to work with, he was professional and prompt. He interacted well with our attendees and they loved his message. Many attendees shared their stories with him during his book signing and he was very gracious.”

— Association of California School Administrators

“Brad was amazing. Thank you for everything.”

— KasKasKia Special Education

“Brad Cohen is a walking billboard for the idea of living positively. He is like a cold drink on a hot day–refreshing, energizing, and likely to put a smile on your face.”

— Tim Shriver – Chairman of Special Olympics

“I have observed the magic of Brad Cohen in the classroom. He has turned Tourette Syndrome into an asset, and his life into inspiration.”

— Senator Johnny Isakson, Georgia

“Brad Cohen’s story is a triumph of hope, determination, will and relentless good humor.”

— Purdue University

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