Growing up I was raised by my mother and sister's father, Gary Lodge. He was a eccentric man, an out of the box thinker. He was a school teacher, an avid learner (he completed his PhD in Education at the age of 58), a runner, a biker and a lover of humanity. For as long as I can remember, my father would refer to my sisters and I, our friends and his students as “Scholars”. Scholar is defined as, “a person who is highly educated or has an aptitude for study”. I was referred to as Scholar as much as I was my given name. “Scholar, what are we doing today?” “Scholar, how was your day?” It was a household norm in which our friends quickly learned to accept. Little did I understand the impact this subconsciously had on me. I now know that this helped foster an inner confidence and strength to believe in my own intelligence and not shy away from learning challenges. This led me to want to impact and share this love for learning with others, hence why I became a school teacher, following in my Father's footsteps.