I was lucky enough to have more than one teacher who had a great impact on me. My high school Spanish teacher became a friend as well as a teacher, and she even sewed my graduation dress. Also, the academic dean of my high school, who was also a math teacher of mine directly impacted my career. I thought I wanted to teach elementary school and she convinced me that I would quickly become bored with that. She was right; I will be entering my 19th year as a Spanish teacher this fall!!