While growing up in suburban Utah attending public school, I had very little knowledge of the struggles facing many teachers and fellow students. I was sheltered having very little experience of cultures other than my white; middle to upper class lifestyle afforded me by my parents. I was taught to value education, respect my teachers and work to succeed in education. Education was portrayed, and I still believe, the gateway to opportunities. Despite the strong support for education, it was a shock to my parents when I announced I would be switching majors from a chemical engineer to a math teacher, as teaching was valued, but not as a profession to be monetarily respected.