Some may call me a progressive minded educationalist. Others see me as, a radical; I've even been labeled a hippie. I'm unsure of where you'd place me on the spectrum of trendsetter or follower. If I were to go back to school, I'd study to be a Grundsatzfragen-er [German for a person who asks fundamental questions that really matter], or I'd switch careers and become a child again, one that constantly asks, Why? If I were to meet you for the first time, I may introduce myself as Nicolette, a mother of three, an environmental educator, The Green Moustache Juice bar operator, a yoga instructor, a wife, daughter, sister, or friend or all of the above. But what I'd prefer is to say nothing at all. Rather, I'd take your hand and invite you to sit with me for a while. After a moment's time, you would then learn for yourself that we are probably more similar than you would have expected at first glance. I too am an individual who is deeply concerned about the state of our planet, the state of our political and health systems, and (after all I am the mother of school-aged children), the state of our compulsory education system. I am trying to meet my needs as a mother who is concerned for the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being of not only my children, but all children and the planet.