In this particular TedTalk, we are joined with Rita Pierson, an educator who has been in the classroom for over forty years. The passion, drive, and desire she personifies for the field is an absolutely inspiring. With her comical anecdotes and playful demeanor, Rita does highlight some important influencers that impact the classroom on a daily basis. One of her biggest topics in this eight minute video is her push for teacher-student relationship. She discusses how she once heard a colleague say that, “They don’t pay me to like the kids.” Her response: “Kids don’t learn from people they don’t like.'” In the classroom, an educator cannot be successful at their job if they are not willing to invest in their students. This investment, while difficult at times, is the true game changer in transforming and molding a child’s future.