What inspired you to become an educator? It was the discernment of a call upon my life. There are so many young minds that I have the opportunity and privilege to influence! The students and the incredible people who teach them maintain my inspiration.

What is most challenging as an educator? Being present in each and every moment is very challenging. Students are captive audiences, and that is something I never want to take for granted. The moment I have lost their engagement is the moment I am no longer teaching. If I am not teaching, they are not learning.

What teaching moment is most memorable for you? Once, a nearly non-verbal pre-k special education student had taken apart a metal stool. Within minutes of me asking him if he could put it back together, there it stood. That moment taught me. I learned to never, ever box in a child's potential.

— Nathan Thompson