I first came to CMIS as a 7thgrader. It was initially challenging to make friends and find my feet; but, as connections were built, I discovered that the CMIS community is a special one. I ended up spending 5 years at the school as a student and then returned as a teacher in 2002. Why? The same community that drew me in as a student, continues to appeal to me as an adult. I appreciate the warmth of "family" that we can build together as we seek to support and challenge one another for learning.