“I just went on our vacation to St. Martin over spring break and I almost drowned on the first day we were there, and I’m a good swimmer. I mean literally I was a wreck. We were there for an about hour and I almost drowned.” How many professors have lived through tornados, potentially deadly car crashes, almost drowning and still teach because they want to change people’s lives. In my recent interview with Karen DeFrancesco, she dished on her near death experiences and why she has been an educator for thirty years now.