Actor Danny Glover has no trouble remembering when he was 7, humiliated in school for being a slow reader.
His savior was a teacher who emphasized his math skills and appointed him to pass out milk and graham crackers.
"I'm able to stand before you today because of the caring compassion of a teacher," Glover told about 375 educators at a Madison, Wis., convention Friday. He said he still struggles with dyslexia, a reading and language disorder.
Glover, 55, said his acting career started by accident. He took up acting after college to get rid of stress he was feeling from a community organizing job.
Glover also said he has taken dance classes to feel less awkward about his 6-foot-4 frame, as he used his personal history to address public funding for fine arts education.