How Leaving Corporate America Changed My Life

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About Tommy Eggleston

Tommy Eggleston is a math teacher at West High School in Knoxville, Tennessee. Tommy was selected to participate in Teach Tennessee ( ) to gain his certification to teach after realizing his true calling in life was to influence young people. With Teach Tennessee, professionals can turn their college degree and professional work experience into a rewarding teaching career in the high-need subject areas of math, science, or foreign language in grades 7-12.


  1. Thanks Tommy! I have been considering becoming a teacher for a little over a year now. My wife tells me I would be great at it and I beleive I would really enjoy it. I, like you, would have to come around on the backside to go through a non-traditional path in Arkansas where I live but i think it could be worth it.

    Who knows. I have about 3 weeks to decide for the 13/14 school year to be an option.

    • Tommy Eggleston says:

      If you love kids, you’ll love teaching. I don’t regret it a single day. Do a little research, then discuss it with your family. It takes some sacrifice, but my work days fly by now, and I have a completely different feeling at the end of the day.

  2. I can very much relate to what you’re saying. 15 years ago I moved out of the corner office, handed in my company car keys and credit cards. I now work with adolescent males in a residential treatment center outside Chicago. Major life changing event that required a lot of adjusting but we (family) were able to do it.

    • Tommy Eggleston says:

      Glad you were able to make that change. We also had to reconfigure some things, but it was definitely worth it. I’m where I want to be, and it’s made me a better husband and father.

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