Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, “They don’t pay me to like the kids.” Her response: “Kids don’t learn from people they don’t like.'” A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect with them on a real, human, personal level. In this personal TedTalk, Rita discusses the ins-and-outs of the classroom and highlights the passion and impact teachers can have on our future leaders for tomorrow.