I was a bit shy and very quiet when I was a child, especially in school. I had a huge fear of having the wrong answer, asking a question others might think is dim, or coming up with a silly idea . Throughout my years in school, college, and beyond, I have had teachers and mentors along the way that were powerful conquerors of that fear. A middle school teacher who would call on students at random and help them figure out the answer if they didn’t already have it; a high school student government sponsor who encouraged brainstorming and creative thinking and who would support just about any idea that had a well thought out plan attached; a college residence life advisor who challenged students to step out of their comfort zone and supported them along the way. These and other individuals helped me learn to be confident in myself, to cultivate my talents, and most importantly, how to do the same for others. This is, in part, why I began my career as a teacher: I had a passion to help children reach their full potential. I worked as hard as I could to create a learning environment