Growing up as the daughter of a 35-year high school teacher and coach, education was a primary focus in our family. I was fortunate to grow up in a big school district (Elyria) that was opening new schools to serve the growing community. We had many educational opportunities that I took advantage of including band, choir, sports, a variety of clubs, leadership roles; as well as, great teachers and advanced classes. Because of the great opportunities of that school district, I was able to apply to Bowling Green State University and was admitted to a program that no freshman had been allowed into before school even began that fall. That's what great schools can do for our children.