I learned how to accept challenges and take that first step from my parents. I was taught to try different things, not worry about not being the best, or being successful right away, that it was about the experience, the learning, and what you did with it all. Over the past 20 years that I have been teaching, I have worked more on building relationships starting with the first day of school. The content I am teaching is important, but success in my classroom starts with relationships and those connections. I want my students to feel safe, valued, and know that it is okay to make a mistake, that we all make mistakes. I share my experiences with them and the fact that I make mistakes every day, and that it is perfectly fine! I feel the best when I know that my students feel comfortable and valued in my classroom.