Posted: May 14, 2012 8:13 AM by Associated Press
MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. (AP) - Toby Meyer has been a custodian at a suburban St. Louis grade school for a decade. Come next fall, he hopes to be teaching at an elementary school, rather than cleaning.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the 30-year-old Meyer graduated Sunday from the University of Missouri-St. Louis with a degree in elementary education.
Meyer became a custodian at Rose Acres Elementary School in Maryland Heights when he was 20. But his rapport with the kids caught the eye of teachers, especially fifth-grade teacher Brendan Kearney who encouraged Meyer to go to college and earn a degree.
Meyer took classes around his work schedule and became the first person in his family with a college diploma.