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Kelly Blase came to my class two weeks into the school year, three years ago, with this down cast looking young man convincing both of us that he should enroll in AP Physics. Not a natural request from a special education teacher with a student who was in the midst of a very negative schooling experience and a school year well underway. Day one for Joe in physics began with him arriving half an hour after the 6:45 AM lab class had started. Apologetic, he took a seat front row with students peering at this stranger with his floppy long hair. Project one became how to get to class on time. Joe’s alternative look and manner contrasted the generally conservative academic appearance of the other students. Early on, he asked more about my wall-mounted pictures of family camping trips and dirt bikes than physics. Within a month, still unable to respond to his alarm clock, he would stay after class with maps for me to help him plan dirt bike trips with his Dad. It happened soon before Christmas, where he received one of the top scores in class. Conversations morphed into questions arising from thoughts he was having about how the world works. One day mid winter he wanted to know what engineering was all about. His top score on the AP Physics exam, his excellent performance as a mechanical engineering major at Montana State University and the joyful, humble, inquisitive confidence that he developed, began with Kelly’s thoughtful embrace.