Being the sixth born in a family of seven created a unique outlook. Older siblings bridged generational gaps allowing me to experience both the 'baby boom' generation as well as 'generation X.' Observing the interactions between my siblings and my siblings and my parents honed my skills of observation. Being in such a large family also led me to value privacy and integrity, and respect individuality. The choice of psychology as a major in college provided confirmation that my family of origin shaped my independence and appreciation of individual differences. Studying abnormal psychology was not much different than reading my beloved fiction. In both, understanding of the choices made by individuals, the forces that shaped those choices, and the consequences of those choices were explored. Graduate studies led to clinical work in numerous hospitals and clinics allowing me to work with clients experiencing, literally, every diagnosis. Beginning at IU Southeast in the fall of 1988, I have taught more than 25 psychology courses, both face-to-face and online. Excellence in teaching, as demonstrated by enhanced student learning, is a constant goal. Teaching approaches must always be updated to maintain the attention of students. However, the basic principles of learning do not change. Today, the challenge becomes using technology in a pedagogically appropriate manner rather than as simple "bells and whistles."