When a child wonders how penguins stay warm, how authors write good stories, or how to code an animated game, I wonder alongside them. As a teacher, I want my students to know that I am curious about our world too, and then give them the skills and experiences they need to find answers and to keep asking questions. I love using a variety of pedagogies to engage students including direct instruction, collaborative work, and project-based learning. Nurturing respectful relationships where each child feels like a valued participant in our classroom community allows them to engage in rigorous and meaningful work. One year of school is just a year, but if a child leaves my class feeling a little more capable, a little more certain, and a little more loved, then I feel confident they will continue to build on that foundation in their life. I love living in a community rich in history and resources and one that champions children and the future they will construct for our world.