After teaching kindergarten, I knew I needed to go back to school to understand why school had changed so much and what I could do to make it better. As I progressed in my program, I began teaching undergraduate courses, and this is where I found my calling. Though I was nervous that my limited experience as a teacher would negatively affect my ability to prepare others, I soon learned that it was quite the opposite. My experience as a teacher, combined with what I had learned in my doctoral program, allowed me to excel as an instructor. I later came to realize how invaluable this work was to my ability to land my first job as an Assistant Professor. The opportunity to teach undergraduate courses for four years while I worked on my degree was instrumental in my subsequent hires at different universities. The coursework, research opportunities, and faculty at Indiana all played a vital role in shaping the person I am today.