I still remember unpacking my classroom on a warm August day when I received the phone call from Jennifer Pooler notifying me that I was a finalist for Teacher of the Year. My mentor, Donna Tardiff, once shared with me that there was no way to prepare for the final interview and she was right! The many hours of reflection spent creating my portfolio were the only preparation I needed. I entered the interview clear on my philosophy of education and passionate about my commitment to student success. I will always remember the thirty minutes I shared with passionate educators and former Teachers of the Year.