I implement a social-justice-focused curriculum and classroom management strategy to create a learning community that values curiosity, critical thought, empathy, and social service. My goal is to help students recognize their academic, professional, and social strengths by helping them apply their knowledge to real-world situations. I challenge myself and my students to examine how racist, classist, and sexist social and legal structures shape our perspectives and access to security and success. I believe that teaching starts with learning; each student has unique motivations, hurdles, interests, and intents. My job is to tailor my instructional strategy to students’ goals and needs so that we can work together to uncover the work that words do on our world.