“To educate is to guide students on an inner journey toward more truthful ways of seeing and being in the world” (Palmer, 1998). As a teacher, I have the opportunity to shape the lives of students as they journey to becoming occupational therapists. There is a responsibility to instill values of life-long learning, leadership, caring, and ethics. These values help prepare the student to become an occupational therapist with a vision and commitment to enhance practice with their understanding of the occupational nature of man, the necessity of research, and the mission to promote occupational justice.
I, too, am on a journey. It is a journey for knowledge, excellence, and the ability to affect change in students and the community. As I move along this path, I learn with each step I take. Each experience, each student, shapes my identity as a professor, a colleague, a faculty, an occupational therapist, and a friend. As I teach, I share a piece of myself with the students. I give them my dedication for occupational therapy, my excitement for research, and my eagerness to learn.