Last week our Teacher of the Month, Rebecca Wren, was drawn from Lincoln Middle School, in the north westernmost part of the city. Rebecca did not bother to dwell upon her accomplishments or her wishes for the Poudre School District. She concentrated on her own special teaching world and her overriding passion and commitment to students. By citing her work with one student who came from a tragic home life that impacted her performance, Rebecca pointed out how she learned to “meet kids where they are and work with them to find success.” Many of her students came with what she regarded as “baggage,” including parents who are ill, substance abuse and problems with the law. She regards thinking out of the box necessary to help students navigate adversity as fundamental to her role as a middle school science teacher. She thanked the Rotary club for making her feel that her work matters. She received an unprecedented standing ovation at the end of her talk.