Effective, quality teaching is based on what you put into it. A key ingredient, I believe, is passion. Passion has a two-pronged positive effect: boosting students' interest and instructors' development in the subject matter. This philosophy comes from my experience teaching a range of students from traditional to non-traditional and from middle-class to economically disadvantaged. My passion motivates me to keep abreast of the literature in my subject area and drives my research agenda. It also infuses my delivery of course material with enthusiasm, which, in turn imbues students with curiosity and a degree of excitement for the course. Other important ingredients are the creative techniques the instructor employs to make the learning experience more rewarding for students.