Do Right Men 2007: Ver Nard Fernandes

Ver-Nard Fernandes HOME BASE: Boston PROFESSION: Volunteer elementary school teacher DOING RIGHT: A master's degree candidate at the University of Massachusetts School of Education, Fernandes makes time for students at Samuel W. Mason Elementary School in Boston's Roxbury district. At the age of six, he was diagnosed as legally blind and has been determined to live his life to the fullest. "My aim is to help shape what the kids are going to be and help push them in the right direction," he says. "I'm trying to convey the idea that you can be smart and cool."