I was never a big reader as a kid. I did well in school because I worked really hard, but I did not read for fun. Up until 11th grade I didn't really care for reading at all. I had video games and sports and friends to hang out with. But in 11th grade I read Catcher in the Rye. For the first time I was actually moved by a piece of writing. About the same time as that I also read Bartleby the Scrivener. These two pieces really made me think about life in a different way. I'm not sure if it was because I was 16 or because the stories (especially Catcher) really got to me, but I fell in love with what people deem quality writing. I now like to read the classics and when I teach, I hope to exude the same emotions I felt when I first read what I would consider a quality piece of writing. I also love to write, and a lot of that stems from the impact of Catcher and Bartleby. I hope to teach my students in a fun and engaging way to enjoy what they have, and if I am lucky, some of my passion may rub off on them.