"Before leaving the classroom, I taught first grade for 24 years. This was a great foundation for what would come later, as first grade is a foundation for all reading and math skills. How to make learning interesting, fun, and relevant is critical to creating success for young learners. I was able to take students that were very young and build higher-level thinking skills, an understanding of literary elements, and comprehension skills that helped them become life-long learners and readers. In "