My boss, co-teacher, and mentor is the woman who encouraged me to share my phonics puppets and reading program with the world. She said the perfect place to start was the annual Asilomar Reading Conference. Nothing sounded more intimidating to me. I decided that I was brave enough to have a vendor’s booth, but not to give a presentation. Then one of the Asilomar co-chairs eased my nerves and convinced me to do both. Only six people attended my presentation, which was slightly disappointing, but also a relief. In such a small setting, I was able to sit down with a friendly group of teachers and tell them about my curriculum comfortably. Three of those teachers bought my entire method: The Monaco Method for Early Literacy, and a few days later another one ordered my Teacher’s Creatures Phonics Puppets and Letter Bags online. It felt so amazing to know that my curriculum was going to be used by other teachers, and that more children would get to learn from something I created! Each and every time someone buys a Monaco Lane teaching tool, I am elated to know that I’m accomplishing what I set out to do. Thank you, Adele, for inspiring me to begin a new adventure!