I am an English teacher, but more than that. I love words - exploring their meaning, their origins, expanding my ability to better choose the best word. I want our language to grow and try to encourage my students to discern the connotations of words so they can better communicate. So I guess I should describe myself as a erstwhile linguist - I am not there, but would love to be. I also describe myself as an existential teacher. That is, I firmly believe each person's learning is their personal responsibility.