I would like to thank the many mentors who have guided me throughout my journey: Allan Phipps, Perry Weinthal, Jeff Emslander, Dr. Scooter Willis, Dr. Jason Hallstrom, Suzette Milu, Tricia Meredith, Robin Barkes, Dr. Marianne Porter, Dr. Daniela Scheurle, and Aubrey Clark. I would also like to thank Florida Atlantic University, Discovery Education, 3M and many others who have awarded and encouraged me. I am extremely grateful for the support of my family. My mom and dad have always encouraged me to care for others, pursue my passions, and work outside of my comfort zone. Thank you to my little brother Max who has supported me over these years. Thank you to my friends, who have encouraged me through every failure and have helped me to celebrate every success! Thank you especially to God for all of the blessings in my life.