Brad Cohen '96

Brad Cohen is a nationally recognized teacher, award-winning author, and motivational speaker. He’s even been “Homer,” the Atlanta Braves team mascot. First and foremost, Brad Cohen is a teacher. Diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome at age 13, Brad set out to become the teacher he never had and, against overwhelming odds, succeeded.

As a student, Brad very quickly became a respected campus leader. He was active in his fraternity, Alpha Epsilon Pi, Hillel, a member of the Inter Fraternity Council and Anaga staff, and was a recipient of the Bradley University Alumni Association’s Volturno Award and the Student Senate Presidential Award for Outstanding Achievement. Off campus, he founded a Tourette Syndrome Support Group that remains active today. 

Upon graduating cum laude with a degree in elementary education, Brad relocated to Georgia, where he completed his master of education and specialist degrees in early childhood education, and landed his first teaching job, for which he received the Sallie Mae First Year Teacher of the Year Award for the State of Georgia. He has served on several regional educational advisory councils, has conducted workshops on the integration of instructional technology and policy in the classroom, and served as an Area Lead Teacher. Brad currently holds a position as Assistant Administrator of Mountain View Elementary School in Marietta, Georgia. 

Brad is equally accomplished outside of the classroom as a spokesman, author, and community advocate and volunteer. He authored the best-selling book Front of the Class: How Tourette Syndrome Made Me the Teacher I Never Had, which led to an article in People magazine, appearances on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and National Public Radio. In December of 2008, Brad’s book became a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie which aired on CBS. One week later, Brad and his wife Nancy were invited to the White House to meet President and Mrs. Bush in recognition of Brad’s dedication to teaching tomorrow’s leaders. 

Brad is active with numerous community organizations including the United Way, the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, the Children’s Bookshelf Committee, and the Tourette Syndrome Association. This summer, Brad launched his newest project, Camp Twitch and Shout, one of only five overnight weeklong camps in the country for children with Tourette Syndrom, and has founded the Brad Cohen Tourette Foundation to raise money to help send children to the camp. 

Brad remains active as a Bradley alumnus, having presented at the Peoria Discovery Forum and the 100th Anniversary of the Teacher Education Department. In 1998, he received the College of Education and Health Sciences Outstanding Alumni Award. 

Brad and his wife, Nancy, live in Roswell, Georgia.