I believe that everything happens for a reason. In some cases, it takes many years before you even realize you have been on a journey. I would like to express my gratitude to everyone involved in the series of events that led to this moment. I think it may have begun with my instructors in the CSN Physical Therapist Assistant Program, Joann Gutschick and Dr. Joe Cracraft. Thank you for changing my life twice. I was thrilled to return to the PTA program as an instructor and am so happy to be doing for others what you did for me. I continue to learn from you and am honored to be your colleague and friend. Thank you to Dr. Mark Guadagnoli at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. I just happened to pick your class from a list of possibilities. Because of you and your teaching style, I developed an interest in brain-based learning, and I changed my teaching methods. Many of those changes became learning activities that are represented throughout this book. Often, when a student compliments me or I have a really great day in the classroom, I smile and think to myself, “I learned that from Dr. G.” Thank you to all of my students in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program who challenge me to be a better teacher every semester. Special thanks to the class of 2013 for suggesting I write a book about the learning activities I created for them. When my sales rep from F. A. Davis stopped by one day, I decided to take their advice. Thank you to Greg Middleton at F. A. Davis for listening to my sales pitch and for remembering me at exactly the right moment. Because of you, I met Quincy.
Thank you to Quincy McDonald at F. A. Davis for choosing me for this project. It has truly been a pleasure working with you and your whole team. It was very easy to do my best work for a group of people who treated me with kindness and professionalism every step of the way. Thank you to Sharon Eagle for allowing me to join in your vision for student success. I also want to express an enormous amount of gratitude to Joanna Cain and Pamela Speh of Auctorial Pursuits, Inc. for your guidance, organization, encouragement, and kindness. Thank you Gayle Crist for ensuring that I used the right words at the right time. Finally, thank you to all of the reviewers. Your input and advice facilitated some great improvements. When I entered the PTA Program 15 years ago, I had no idea that I was beginning this journey. Thank you so much to everybody who supported me and who helped me reach this destination.