As a teacher, I believe that the most important thing is making sure each student feels valued and appreciated. When students are given a space where they feel seen and heard, it allows them to focus on learning, growing, and individual expression. I am aware that everyone takes in information differently, and I pride myself on presenting students with information in multiple ways. This allows each student to have an opportunity to retain the material, regardless of their preferred learning style. After taking my class, students should feel a greater sense of confidence when it comes to self-identity and artistic expression. One of the most fulfilling parts of being a teacher is realizing that your students are truly meditating on the material. Observing student growth can be tricky due to the individualized nature in which each student learns. However, one of the most universal ways to measure growth and understanding is when I see students contemplating and questioning the information I am giving them. This shows me as a teacher, that the students are critically thinking about what they are learning. I teach because I was lucky enough to have some amazing teachers throughout my dance education. I want to give back and make a difference in the lives of young dancers the same way those teachers did for me.