Who are some of your teaching influences? I am influenced by Louise Rosenblatt’s text Literature as Exploration, she argues that meaning making is transactional; making meaning of the text is a complex process that involves the interplay between the reader’s life experiences and the book. Meaning does not simply wait for readers to discover it; in other words, a one true meaning does not await readers. I also draw from George Orwell’s “Politics and the English Language,” Paolo Freire’s “The Banking Concept of Education,” Franz Fanon, and Howard Gardner to name a few. When I first started teaching I was influenced, and still am, by some of my really good professors. These professors often utilized a variety of teaching methods, and rarely lectured. I’ve returned to my teaching philosophy, and am currently reflecting on how I’ve changed as an instructor.