I read “Young, Gifted, and Black” by Clause Steele, Asa Hillard, and Teresa Perry. They all had amazing ideas on closing the achievement gap for African Americans, but Asa Hillard’s section was my favorite, no disrespect to the others. I think I resonated with his ideas the most because he talked less on numbers or books, and more on people and success stories. Hillard talks about believing in students and focusing less on test scores and more on learning opportunities. I love his philosophy. I struggle with worry. I worry about being enough for my students; smart enough, funny enough, interesting enough, and so on and so forth. Hillard talks about recognizing the skill in your students. For me this means I also need to recognize the skill in myself. Hillard taught me that as long as I keep learning and growing, its okay to make mistakes, and its even more okay to believe in myself.