“Honestly, I just think the world needs a guy in a bow tie – and I wanted to be that guy.”

Chris Ulmer, 28, reflects on the decision to leave his teaching career in order to focus on a worldwide mission.
Now, more than 1.2 million people follow his Facebook page, “Special Books by Special Kids.” It was initially launched about two years ago, with the goal of introducing his special-education students to the community.

But it quickly took on a life of its own.

How he found his calling

Ulmer, originally from Philadelphia, attended Penn State where he majored in media effects, or “the way social media affects those who take it in,” he explains.

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