In the spring of 2011, I had the great fortune of traveling with some colleagues and other teachers from the state of Indiana to three cities in China: Beijing, Hong Zhou, and Shanghai.  The purpose of our trip was to visit Chinese schools, meet Chinese teachers, and build partnerships with both so that we could begin exchange programs for students and teachers from the United States to China and from China to the United States.  It was an absolutely life-changing experience!  My eyes were opened to so many new things, and I definitely begin to understand how "Western" my world view is.  I was so privileged to go on this trip, and I am absolutely a better professional and person because of it.