My role at Gateway: I am the Director of Adult Education programs and Division Chair for Freshman Experience courses How long I’ve worked here: Since 2000 My hometown: Cincinnati Why I do what I do: I love to see students succeed. Many of the students who enter our programs have had such negative school experiences, and it is wonderful to see that moment when they realize that they can succeed. They can earn their GED or improve their skills and enter college to work on a “dream.” I think we are here to facilitate their dreams. They do the work; we just help them get started. I believe in “paying it forward.” I get back so much more than I ever give. My philosophy: Everyone can learn; we just have to take the time to find out what works best for each person. We all have strengths and weaknesses. I believe in capitalizing on those strengths so that we can use what we learn to help people overcome their weaknesses. I also firmly believe that adult education is just the first stop along the path of lifelong learning. It is never too late to go after your dreams. At 50+ years of age, I am back in school. I never want to stop learning! I like our students because: They are so eager to make a better life for themselves and their children. I love the spirit and energy they bring to the learning environment. They are fearless and will succeed with our help. A little more about me: My favorite book is Everything I Ever Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, (by Robert Fulghum), and my favorite movie is Steel Magnolias. They both teach such simple but fundamental lessons about life.