At the heart of every profession is a passion for it. The editors have gathered a chorus of voices with whom they have interacted over the years. These stories permit us to follow the teachers' journeys, as they navigate the rough waters of learning in a search for unique perspectives on teaching. The results of their search are a belief system that sustained them through their seasons of growth and change. For the first time, these teachers open their souls and reveal the trials and tribulations, as well as the exhilaration of their accomplishments. This anthology features stories from engaging and authoritative educators whose experiences have impacted and enhanced their lives and the lives of their students. The theme at the core of this collection is that passion and courage to challenge. The storytellers' emotions-excitement, passion, joy, love, fear, heartbreak, frustration, and humor are framed within their stories. These are tales of individuals who dared to challenge long held traditional belief systems, and consequently forged a new path ahead in higher education. Interwoven in their stories are a plethora of strategies, techniques, and approaches that are designed to enhance academic rigor and achievements in higher education.
John Cartafalsa is Professor of Early Childhood Education at National University. Lynne Anderson is Professor and Co-Chair in the Department of Teacher Education at National University.