Meeting Latorie was a blessing. I applied for a position working for her with very little experience in the field and right from the beginning she saw something in me and gave me a chance. As time went by I often wondered why she would always give me tougher assignments or added more responsibilities to my job, but then I later realized that was just her way of bringing out what she saw in me from the beginning. I never saw myself as a much of a leader but somehow she did and gave me an opportunity to be such. I returned to school just for a certification because she made it a job requirement. I graduated in 2015 with a degree in Early Childhood all because of Latorie’s ongoing support and encouragement. I cannot tell her thank you enough for the encouragement to better myself and seeing something in me that I didn’t even see in myself. Latorie will always be someone I look up to and truly admire for her strength, courage, and determination. I feel like I could never say thank you to her enough.