A Teacher's Lesson


As a high school physics teacher who is clearly passionate about his job, Jeff Wright inspires his students every day. But, every year he teaches one lesson that is likely to stay with his students for the rest of their lives. It's a lesson Jeff learned from his 12-year-old son, Adam, who has a rare genetic brain disorder called Joubert syndrome.

Jeff says he's amazed by the acts of kindness that his son brings out in others on a daily basis. There's "something greater that is helping us out," he says.

Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears explains that Joubert syndrome is very rare genetic brain malformation that affects part of the cerebellum, which controls balance and coordination, and the brain stem, which controls vital body functions, such as breathing.

Listen as Tiya, a former student, thanks Jeff for empowering her to go to medical school and pursue a career as a child psychiatrist.

Jeff’s wife, Nancy, and his 15-year-old daughter, Abbie, join The Doctors via video to share how the family stays strong day by day. 

Watch the documentary one of Jeff's students made about his  lesson, called Wright's Law.

Get more information about Joubert syndrome.