The tradition I carry on is that of educator. I have been a secondary math teacher for 30 years now, and still going. My mother was a teacher, and my father tried to be—he was unable to get teaching jobs due to the surplus of teachers in the early 1970's.I learned that I am descended from inovative educator Lloyd Kiva New, founder of the Institute of American Indian Arts. He had forward thinking, creative ideas on how important the arts were in educating children indigenous to the US. I began my teaching career in an inner city school district (1990's) that was in the turmoil of desegration. The multi-cultural aspect of teaching the whole child and respecting each one's family/culture was included in my classroom of mathematics. Thrilled my ancestor was passionate about that too!