I believe that education should prepare students for a world they can engage in as observers, critical thinkers and change agents. Children, as young as three, are instinctively curious and establishing trusting relationships in the classroom encourages them to become co-partners in a rich learning environment. Our role as educators is to empower students to wonder about the world around them, to facilitate reflection about their engagement in the world and to explore the impact their actions can have on others. Providing rich, inquiry-based learning experiences in the early stages of schooling allows our students to find and elevate their voices—whether within a classroom to start or a neighborhood or city in their older years. I believe Mary C. Wheeler’s mission is a call to action for even our youngest learners.