“I don’t think I could handle being a teacher”. That was my typical response to the suggestion to become a teacher when I was in high school, and all throughout my time at Northern Michigan University. It wasn’t until I spent a few weeks helping out students in both academic and career skills in rural Alabama that I began to think about what it might be like to be a teacher. I had the honor of being selected as a Woodrow Wilson National Teaching Fellow in 2012 and began a Masters program at IUPUI. I completed a year long clinical student teaching experience in both middle and high school in urban Indianapolis. I taught at three wonderful schools during my time in Indiana with curriculum that ranged from Project Lead the Way engineering courses in 6-12 grade levels to the HIRE Technology program for Advanced Manufacturing. Project based learning became my passion along with building relationships and pushing students to be their best no matter the circumstances. My family and I currently reside in Menominee in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan right across the border from Marinette, WI where I teach high school students engineering and welding alongside a truly amazing team of teachers. I enjoy learning as much as I love teaching and am about to begin a program in administration. Looking back, I guess I can handle being a teacher… and I love it!