I love being a professor. The idea of creating knowledge and sharing it with others through writing, teaching, and serving is very powerful to me; it’s the driving force behind my professional life. While the process of doing research and writing it up is often painful, I still get a great thrill seeing evidence that my scholarly work has influenced others. I enjoy teaching both undergrad and grad courses on topics that range from planning learning activities for kindergarten to designing qualitative studies for doctoral dissertations. I target my service in areas where I think I can make a difference, and that ranges from volunteering in early childhood classrooms to serving on governing boards of national organizations. I taught for 13 years in urban elementary schools in Kansas City, Missouri and Jacksonville, Florida. I earned degrees from the University of Utah, University of North Florida, and University of Florida and worked the first three years of my academic career at the Ohio State University-Marion. My school teaching experience was in programs for young children, and much of my university teaching has been in teacher education programs designed to prepare teachers for urban settings. I have written a book on teaching in contemporary kindergarten settings and have published several articles about early childhood curriculum, instruction, and policy. I am a qualitative researcher. I have written/edited four books on qualitative methods, served a four-year term as editor of the International Journal of Qualitative Studies of Education, completed numerous studies in a variety of education contexts, and worked with doctoral students on dissertation projects in many disciplines. Four of my books have been translated into Chinese and/or Korean. My most recent edited book (with Susan Groenke) focuses on implementing critical pedagogical approaches in teacher education. I am currently co-editor (with Susan Benner) of the Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education.