It’s ultimately a story of triumph and positivity no matter how you slice it.
The husband and dad of two — a high school history teacher in Van Wert, Ohio — told Fox News Digital in a phone interview about the path he took to get to a much better place financially and personally. It was a path littered with hardship.
Still, he said he would not have wanted the government to bail him out of the financial straits that he got himself into, he said.
Today, he and his wife feel good about where they are, he said, and the steps they’ve taken to “get our finances in order.”
Poletta said he graduated from college in 2014. After he bought a car, the couple was carrying “a total of $ 142,000 in debt — $ 126,000 of which was student loan debt,” he said.
Most of the debt was his, he said — he went to a private school and took out a variety of different loans over time to cover his costs, he said.
“But I’m not here to play the victim,” he said. “Basically the reason we decided we were going to pay off our debt was that we deemed it the best way to get our finances in order instead of owing money to other people,” he said.