As a teacher, the question “Am I good enough?” frequently rings through my brain, especially late at night when I should be getting the rest I need for the day to come. This question and others – such as “What am I doing here? What if I cannot connect with my students? What if my best efforts don't work out as I planned, or I become complacent?” – can challenge anyone's self-worth.

Even when asked to write this commentary, I struggled with a hope that my NABT colleagues would be interested in what I have to say. Rationally, I think back on the journey detailed in my vita. I am fortunate to have been able to become an associate professor after spending a decade in higher education as a student and many more years working toward tenure. I still find myself wondering how I can keep improving as a teacher,...

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