My story starts at the age of 12 when my father hired me (yes, hired) to teach drama, games and nature walks to 6-8 year olds in Swim N’ Sun Day Camp in L.A. in the 60’s. I remember taking about 8-6 year olds to Disneyland, when tickets were $7.50 for a whole book of rides! As I looked up to and observed my father, Bob Sponheim, who taught govt. and Psych at South High in Torrance, CA.. I felt a sense of inspiration and excitement for teaching and learning. This exuberance in my field has never ceased. I am currently teaching theatre and directing “Stage Black” to wonderful students at Eastside College Prep School in E. Palo Alto…and will soon start with Campbell SD in a drama program there for elementary. ~My career in teaching spans many years (30?) and with diverse populations…with both ethical and unethical administrators. No bad experience has ever deterred me from the task (or rather the love of) of teaching…and there have been plenty. It would take a book, (perhaps like Patti Kokinos’ book) to detail the many good and sad experiences I have had..but my message here is… There are always the kids,(or