I’m sure you’ve heard this a million times before. I never wanted to be a teacher. I never really thought about it as a viable career choice let alone a calling. When I look back on my life, I realize that I’ve always been a teacher, I just never knew it. When I was in elementary school, I struggled terribly with math. I had good teachers, but somehow, my brain/learning style did not match theirs or with the other kids. When I got to high school, my algebra teacher was the first person to tell me that I was smart and that I was good at math; I just had to work harder at it. Mrs. Hayes was kind, supportive, and so generous with her time and patience. We worked hard together, and I graduated high school with honors; I even passed Calculus! Today, I teach math to 7th and 8th graders in Nashville. I am proud to say that my students are so much stronger in math at this age than I was. I know how painful it feels when a student doesn’t “get it”. I now have more than twenty years of teaching experience in mathematics to middle/junior high