Mr. Monaghan taught me how to breathe. He was completely blind and read and composed in Braille. My mother helped me reach the keys of a piano before I could walk. Mr. Grammatico showed me how hold a saxophone and later, a bassoon. Mrs. Pritchard taught me to love dissonance, and Miss Konigiser opened my ears to Sondheim, Lerner, and Lowe.
My father was junior high band director, and watching him experience the stresses and joys of teaching gave me a deep, rich appreciation for all teachers.
They inspire, encourage, and spark lifelong passion.