Ever since I can remember, I have been fascinated by how and why things work. Intrigued by puppetry and always poring over books on rocks and animals, it was a natural next step to become an educator. With the curiosity of my young students to motivate me, I wrote a grant that funded my research on a paleontological dig. For the next 13 years, the paleontology unit I designed became part of the curriculum for all students who entered my classroom. In 2012, my students’ work led me to be selected as the awardee in Science representing New York State and I was flown to Washington, DC to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching. Years later, I am still searching for ways to engage students in learning, and to ask questions that motivate them to want to explore and investigate.