Do Right Men 2008: Joseph Edelin

HOME BASE: Atlanta PROFESSION: Middle school teacher DOING RIGHT: Edelin makes social studies come alive for his seventh-grade students, teaching them to connect with and care about current events and the world around them. More important, he walks the walk. After Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in 2005, Edelin traveled nearly 500 miles to the Ninth Ward in New Orleans to help with the cleanup. And while critics of America’s public schools abound, he believes in being part of the solution. “Education isn’t where it should be. We’re losing students at drastic rates, and this is why I do what I do.”