I am here because I believe in this work. I just went through WOU's Mathematical Leaders program and there are so many similarities that I felt compelled to join this group when I saw the announcement. I have seen firsthand how watching students struggle and learn on their own actually increases their knowledge. I was the kid that followed the directions given in science, but so badly wanted to see what would happen if. This new format is a way to teach that "what if" and to let students gain understandings on their own, making them self learners and more knowledgeable.