I am a teacher. Even though in my present position I very seldom have direct contact with students other than a passing word in the hallway, I believe I will always be a teacher. It is also my belief that God made me in such a way that the only way I can be truly happy is to believe on some level that I am impacting the learning of our young people no matter my present job title or position. In spite of this, it is not my belief that I was a great teacher and to suggest such would be an insult to all of the truly great ones whom I have had the privilege of working with over the years and the many truly gifted ones who taught me as I grew up. However, I like to believe that my students and those around me could always sense the care I had for them and the passion their learning meant to me. This is to me the “calling” that those who should be in public education almost universally refer to when speaking about why they went into teaching, the feeling that educating students is what they were meant to do.