As a 2nd year teacher, I spent most of my first year teaching running around looking for mentors, advice, chances to observe classrooms etc. I talked to many people, but there were some deep issues (including how my gender and students perception of me affects my teaching person, my desires to teach students more than just academics, dealing with sexual harassment as a young, female teacher of color etc.) that were affecting my sanity on a deep level because I couldn't find people to process these things out loud with and this left me isolated. Candice was not only able to understand my experiences, but made me feel affirmed, empowered, and energized to find solutions. She was able to sense exactly what I needed, gave me questions to journal about and I left our meeting feeling heard, validated, and affirmed.