I got my calling to become an early childhood educator at the age of 15 when I read the book Summerhill by A.S. Neill. I brought my enthusiasm for the Arts into my 1st grade classroom for 38 years in upstate New York. My goal was to teach a little more like Mr. Rogers and a little less like Sesame Street. I remember when 1st grade had a block corner. Today I am a public school activist who speaks (and occasionally sings) at School Board meetings in Wilmington, North Carolina about safety, equity, and developmentally appropriate practices.