Nancy Tedeschi knows what it’s like to be the victim of bullying. As a young girl, she struggled with her looks and the people who picked on her mercilessly.
“They’d call me Bucky Beaver, and I was really skinny so they called me bony and bucky,” she said in this article from The Wenatchee World.
Today, the 55-year-old Tedeschi is a successful entrepreneur. In 2007, she got the idea of the SnapIt eyeglass screw when she helped her mother with a pair of broken glasses. Her SnapIt Eyeglass Repair Kit was one of the first-place winners in Walmart’s 2012 “Get on the Shelf” contest.
She hasn’t forgotten the pain of her younger days, however. Now that’s she made a name for herself, she’s channeling her success to help others facing similar bullying predicaments.
In March, she and two friends (including one who is a film producer) began coaching students in New York and Washington State to produce short films on bullying. The finished segments will be distributed to local TV stations as well as on YouTube. For the most part, Tedeschi is bankrolling the project with proceeds from her invention.
“I really feel that God had a hand in my life the whole time,” she told The Wenatchee World, “because I really believe I’m supposed to be doing what I’m doing now.”