It is an incredible honor to have been selected as the recipient of the 2019 SCOLT Founders Award. I am truly humbled and would like to thank the members of the awards committee for this recognition. SCOLT has a distinguished reputation as an outstanding professional community that nurtures, supports, and challenges its members as life-long learners and educators. At each step of the way, my personal involvement in this dynamic community has shaped the journey I have had as a world language educator, from my beginning years as a French teacher, continuing throughout my career in teacher education at Wake Forest University. Through my experience in SCOLT, I learned the importance of teacher leadership as an integral part of our professional journey and have endeavored to pass this commitment to leadership on to my teacher candidates. It has been gratifying over the years to observe the ways in which my students have grown professionally as contributors to our SCOLT community. Thank you, SCOLT, for enriching my career and supporting world language educators in K-16!