I am on this journey to complete my college degree and it is not as hard as I thought. Math was my least favorite subject when I was in school, grammar and college. I always made Fs and the teachers always felt sorry for me and just past me with a C. Now Math is my favorite subject, all because of the lady in the picture.

Meet Dr. Mary McKinney, a math professor at Jarvis Christian College since 1968. In 2010 she retired and then returned by popular demand. Currently, she teaches Pre-Algebra on Tuesdays and Thursdays and College Algebra on Tuesday nights. That's the class I am in.

I asked Dr. Mary, as I call her, why does she keep teaching? She answered: "Because I love encouraging students to do the best they can."

I am a true testament to that, because each Tuesday when I say, "I can't do this," she says, "Baby, we don't use that word can't in this classroom!"

She is patient, she is kind and she is caring, everything that makes up the word LOVE. God has truly blessed this woman and I hope to be just like her when I grow up!