I had people in my life who didn’t give up on me: my mother, my aunt, my science teacher. I had one-on-one speech therapy. I had a nanny who spent all day playing turn-taking games with me.
As a teacher you are more or less obliged to pay the same amount of attention to everything. That can wear you down.
I have an education degree from the University of Minnesota, and I was a teacher for about a minute.