My enthusiasm for teaching started with coaching youth sports. I discovered the power of helping kids develop skills that in turn created self esteem and self confidence in daily life. By giving them tools to deal with adversity on the field in a productive positive way, children can become self empowered and will take risks to get better at something. This translates to learning in the classroom as well. Taking the time to let young learners discover their own gifts and talents takes time and patience. I believe that all too often when in public schools kids are expected to learn in a certain way on a specific timeline that so often does not correlate with their individual learning style, their interests, or their ability level. When you align a child’s learning style and include their personal passions of interest, teachers create an environment that will encourage them to enjoy learning and be engaged.