Teachers have such a huge impact on young minds. With that kind of responsibility, this becomes more than a job. It’s an adventure and the direct impact on students is very real. In all my years of teaching, I have been lucky enough to have incredible examples, compadres, and wonderful friends because of my profession. There are a handful of us left who were at the middle school where I felt support and love despite the pressure of being a first year teacher, and want to recognize one of them today. Supportive, honest, dedicated, understanding, and an incredible listener.