Years ago, there was a certain tollbooth collector who liked to guess the occupation of each driver he met. Whenever I would pass through his booth, he would say, “Teacher, right?” and I would respond, amused, “Actually, I am a lawyer.” I guess this man knew something I didn’t, because after 10 years as an attorney I found my true calling—as an educator. In the legal world they try to prepare you to be quick on your feet; I realize now that that’s nothing compared to what’s expected of you as a teacher. The classroom far surpasses the courtroom in its energy and electrifying give and take. I was drawn to Midreshet Shalhevet because of its extremely nurturing environment and its success in achieving educational excellence. These are values with which I strongly identify. As a teacher, that means that I’m always trying to keep my classes challenging, thought-provoking and engaging. As a principal, it means that I’m always ready to work one-on-one with a teacher or student to accomplish our goals. I work at giving everyone my full attention, and I enjoy the personal connections I’ve made and continue to make with Midreshet Shalhevet’s truly unique chevra.