The PIE board was created and really the sponsorships were created to help students who are going into clinical practice to be able to devote their full time and attention to that clinical practice. I learned about the PIE fellowship through advertisements and flyers around Cal Poly and the university. I was motivated to apply for it because at the time I was working 3 different jobs and I knew when I got to the student teaching portion of my work, I wouldn’t be able to do those 3 jobs anymore because student teaching is from 8 to 3 and then you have classes in the evening, so I knew that financially I needed the support and assistance. Our goal is to put the best teachers in classrooms to serve the students that we have. So mainly what I look for is people that have a good heart, they really love students and kids and they’re passionate about helping these students. It’s also seeing that potential in them, like I believe in you, you can do this. So it’s giving them that opportunity, that they’re not getting anywhere else. By offering that, it motivates them. The polytechnic curriculum really did help me in my career because Cal Poly is all about hand’s on learning and that’s what student teaching is in a lot of the classes that you would take. You would have to practice to other students or go into the classroom and do lessons with students. I feel that its helped me prepare for teaching in the sense that it has given you a glimpse of what it’s going to be like in the actual classroom. I do think that students need the PIE fellowship, because like I said it is from 8 to 3 and then you have classes in the evening, so it really is your whole day, all day, every day. So it just really takes that burden off of students who are really trying to be successful and become teachers. We can teach them and give them the tools to be a good teacher. So those are the main qualities that go into having a really passionate and successful teacher. I would like to encourage other donors to continue investing in this fellowship because you’re giving other potential students the opportunity to become the next generation of future educators. We need better teachers and we need more teachers and quality teachers and it really does allow students to really focus on being the best they can be in the field of education and giving their all into taking away from the experience of student teaching to better themselves.