"Passion helps me teach better – teach for the long haul. When I want to quit, when I get tired, impatient, or discouraged – my passion allows me to stick it out. Like many people, I began teaching because I was passionate about learning. I love ideas – new and old. I love solving problems and being creative. I want, in the classroom, to right wrongs, to better appreciate beauty, to challenge the status quo and disdain mediocrity. Passion, having not waned, has helped me to move toward these lofty visions."