Many years ago, I received a 6-year-old student into my self-contained behavior classroom. He had been abused for a number of years. He had been betrayed by those who should have protected him at home. He was filled with rage, distrust, and a lack of any direction. Through a lot of hard work, building a rapport, setting specific rules, procedures, and a fair, but consistent behavior plan, by the end of the year, he was mainstreamed for 80% into a kindergarten classroom. His life was transformed. The student he became, was not the student I started with. His foster parents were eternally grateful. While I never saw him again after that year, to this day, I am still moved by his grit and determination to turn his life around. He was 6 years old. Never give up on a child. I did not. To this day, I still feel my connection and fulfillment for truly helping a child in need. Teachers truly do touch many lives -- I did.