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Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.      ~Helen Keller 

“Those who make us believe that anything’s possible and fire our imagination over the long haul, are often the ones who have survived the bleakest of circumstances. The men and women who have every reason to despair, but don’t, may have the most to teach us, not only about how to hold true to our beliefs, but about how such a life can bring about seemingly impossible social change. ” 
― Paul Rogat Loeb

My teaching philosophy: Encouraging the development of skill sets that enable students to master material that is applicable to their lives in a meaningful way. Knowledge, gathered with the purpose of appropriate application, is critical to positive social change and personal development.~ Dr. Graf.