 
I received word of being chosen as one of the 2005 Alder Award winners in the Colombo, Sri Lanka airport on my way home from helping to lead a group of students on a rebuilding project following the December 2004 tsunami. The award came with a cost: I had to give a talk at the Albuquerque Mathfest. It was suggested that I either give a talk on some mathematical topic, or on what makes me an award winning teacher. I’m not a real expert on a particular mathematical topic, so I ruled that option out. What makes me an award winning teacher? I was shocked enough by the award. I’m not sure that I could give a talk on that! Then ... 

