|Chad Adero derives satisfaction from helping his students figure out a way to advance their careers and broaden their minds.
Adero, director of Multicultural Student Services at Frederick Community College, said too many students fall through the cracks in public schools or find themselves priced out of four-year institutions.
His passion lies in being an advocate for those students, showing them options for attaining their educational goals.
"I believe education is the key to a lot of things," he said.
Adero, 34, was born and raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He studied education and received an associate of arts degree from Kirkwood Community College, a bachelor's degree in secondary education with a concentration in history from the University of Northern Iowa, and a master's in education in urban and diverse learners from Goucher College in Baltimore.