I have had a life-long passion for teaching and learning. Finding out what “works” in a classroom; what makes one teacher exceptional among his or her peers; what characteristics, habits, or practices engage students better than others is utterly fascinating to me. During a conversation with Dr. Jane Goodall, the convergence of my interest in primate language, personality, and intelligence and my captivation with how people learn became clear. I took everything Dr. Goodall’s training had taught me about observing primates and began studying student’s response to teaching. Over the years, my philosophy has become refined to a very simple idea – my students should know more about a particular subject when they exit my class than they did when they entered. I believe an exceptional teacher will utilize a variety of tactics – some obvious, and other not so – to achieve this aim. Each moment of the classroom experience is thoughtfully constructed with the ultimate goal of helping students to achieve “deep learning.” Learning occurs in lively, energetic, engaged – sometimes rowdy – moments, as well as more contemplative, quiet, and thoughtful moments. Learning is an exciting endeavor for both students and teachers.