Find your awesome! This is what I ask of my students. I ask them to draw a self-portrait at the beginning of the year to show me their skills, but I also ask them to really look at themselves and inside themselves. Middle schoolers just want to fit in; they are young children one minute and young adults the next. It’s a mixed up awkward age where many changes in their bodies take place. The connections in their brains are constantly changing. They are searching for who they are, what they thought they were, or who they want to become. This is the hour they begin self-discovery away from their parents, and begin to look towards their peers. They will also see their teacher as a mentor or guide. This is me. This is where I have an opportunity to touch a life or make a difference. I am in my fourteenth year as a FBISD teacher and in my sixth year as an Art teacher at Sugar Land Middle School. I have a strong sense and personal connection to teaching and my students. I recognize that what I say and do is always being watched by young eyes. I want them to question, make mistakes, and create. My hope is that they get a glimpse of their inner light… a glimpse of their awesome.