I have been teaching kindergarten for 4 years and will soon be entering my 5th year teaching here in Tucson, Arizona at Manzanita Elementary School. I participated in the Southern Arizona Writing Project in the summer of 2013. This class not only changed my perspective on writing, it made me realize the importance of coming together with open-minded individuals to challenge our thinking and become better teachers. The information I learned in this program will not only benefit me, but my students as well. As I seek to gain experience in my practice, advocate for my profession, and continue to grow as an individual, this opportunity greatly contributed to my personal and professional goals. I will continue to grow as a writer and inspire writing within my own students.