I am a second generation flight instructor. My father gave me my first flight lesson when I was 12 years old. l will never forget the advice he gave to me during that lesson as it is advice I have now passed on to all of my students: “small changes, small mistakes”. I have always prided myself on having a very strong work ethic. It all started on my tenth birthday when I received a hammer from my father so I could help build an addition on our house. This addition was only the beginning. When other kids my age were sleeping in, I was working alongside my father. It was this work ethic which empowered me to work seven days a week to finance my flight training, often flying early in the morning before work. I demonstrate the same dedication to my students. In the spirit of the age old philosophical question, “How do you know you exist?” My response is “I teach, therefore I am”.