A great part of teaching at UpWord were the small class sizes. This gave me the opportunity to get to know students individually, build positive relationships, and develop instruction tailored to students' unique needs. I also appreciated the focus on professional development at UpWord, which allowed me to grow professionally as an educator. Teachers were encouraged to participate in or to lead weekly professional development meetings and share best practices that we could then bring into the classroom--there's nothing like being able to share your knowledge from your teaching practice while also learning from your peers. Lastly, I appreciated that the team at UpWord sought our input as teachers on curriculum development, classroom instruction, and on the logistical aspects of working together as a team. Our ideas were respected and valued, making us feel an integral part of the team. At UpWord, I was continually challenged as an educator while also getting to live in and to explore one of the most beautiful cities in the world--a great experience.