When I was in college, a department chair told me, "You don't look like a music teacher, and you sure don't act like one... but you continue to succeed in this program." 

 

At the time, this felt like an insult. Looking back on that exchange, I now wear it as a badge of honor. I DON'T look like a music teacher. I DON'T carry myself like one. My classroom is how I wish it would have been when I was a child - loud, exciting, unpredictable, inclusive, and above all... fun.

 

As Frost says, "that has made all the difference."