Today, Theresa Davis is a World Poetry Slam Champion and a published author.
With her poetry, she's toured with bands like Rising Appalachia, has given a TedX talk and was the 2012 McEver Visiting Chair in Writing at Georgia Tech.
Thirteen years ago, however, Davis was a middle school teacher, devoted to education but stuck in a deep depression.
Then tragedy struck her family. “My father passed away suddenly,” she said. “And one of the last conversations I had with him was how I wasn’t living up to my potential.”