Long before I ever wanted to be a preacher, I wanted to be a teacher. I admired and was inspired by many of mine. But one stands out among them all. Her name was Patricia Walter and she was my Junior High School English teacher. Now Mrs. Walter terrified many of my classmates. She demanded and enforced strict order in her class. Her academic expectations were exceedingly high for 7th and 8th graders. But underneath that stern exterior was a dedicated educator who wanted us to succeed. Mrs. Walter wanted us to realize our potential. And so she pushed us – hard. And I loved her for that.